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Columbia Protest Camp’s Last Stand: Drones Hover, Police Close In

Columbia Protest Camp's Last Stand: Drones Hover, Police Close
College campus protests: Police make arrests at NYU and The New School College campus protests: Police make arrests at NYU and The New School
Columbia Protest Camp's Last Stand: Drones Hover, Police Close
College campus protests: Police make arrests at NYU and The New School College campus protests: Police make arrests at NYU and The New School

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Columbia Protest Camp’s Last Stand: Drones Hover, Police Close In

The occupation of a building at Columbia University by pro-Palestinian student protesters escalated dramatically when police intervened, resulting in the arrest of dozens of individuals, including students, alumni, and employees. The events unfolded amidst a backdrop of heightened tensions surrounding Columbia’s financial ties to Israel’s actions in Gaza.

As police presence intensified, students occupying Hamilton Hall engaged in a dramatic standoff, fortified by supplies hoisted up to them via a pulley. Negotiations between student representatives and Columbia administrators failed to yield a resolution, leading to a tense standoff.

Ultimately, police moved in to clear the area, prompting scattered protests and chants from students. The scene resembled an “invading army,” with advancing officers dispersing crowds and barricading doors. Flash bangs and accidental gunfire added to the chaos.

Some critics criticized the crackdown, accusing it of excessive force and raising concerns about students’ safety. Amidst the turmoil, Deputy Police Commissioner Tarik Sheppard emphasized law enforcement’s swift response to dismantling the encampment.

The aftermath left some protesters with a sense of defiance, captured in video footage showing them being escorted into police vans. Despite the crackdown, their resolve appeared undeterred.

The events at Columbia underscore the complexities surrounding campus activism, freedom of expression, and the broader geopolitical issues often intersect with university politics.


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