Police Seized Building at Columbia University and Arrest Dozens of Pro-Palestinian Protesters

IBL News | New York

N.Y.P.D. officers in riot gear arrested dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Columbia University in New York City on Tuesday night and cleared the Hamilton Hall building that protesters had seized 20 hours earlier.

The police arrested more than 100 protesters who had set up tents on Columbia’s campus two weeks ago.

Also, yesterday, demonstrators and agitators were arrested at City College of New York in Harlem.

Other arrests were made on campuses nationwide. Over 1,000 protesters have been taken into custody on U.S. campuses since the original roundup at Columbia on April 18.

Meanwhile, the University of California, Los Angeles, declared a pro-Palestinian encampment illegal for the first time.

The Columbia University occupation escalated a crisis that has ignited protests on dozens of campuses nationwide.

Columbia University’s administrators said it had called the police to campus after the Hamilton Hall building was vandalized and blockaded.

The university’s president, Nemat Shafik, asked the N.Y.P.D. to maintain a presence on campus through at least May 17 to prevent further encampments or occupations.