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Columbia begins suspending Pro-Palestinian students after building occupation

30 April, 2024 13:15

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations continue in different universities across as in latest development students have occupied an academic building of Columbia University.

Following the occupations, a disciplinary action is being taken again the protesting students.

“We will not leave until Columbia meets every one of our demands,” one of the students heard yelling during the protest.

The demands include university divestment from Israel, disclosure of Columbia investments and protections for protesters.

According to local media, about a dozen students and two janitors were in the building at the time of protest.

The janitors left the building shortly after the students entered.

The peaceful demonstration began around 12:30 a.m on Tuesday, the day after the university suspended students who refused to leave the Gaza Solidarity Encampment for nearly two weeks.

The encampment is a few hundred feet from Hamilton Hall.

About a dozen university public safety personnel surveyed the scene, and the New York Police Department were not on site.

“Shut it down!” hundreds chanted outside the building.

Classes were held in Hamilton Hall on Monday.

One of the protesting students was seen with a banner at a balcony window at Hamilton Hall that read “Hind’s Hall,” in honor of Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old who was killed in Gaza City following an Israeli bombardment.

“Today we take this building in honor of Hinds and every Palestinian martyr,” one of the students yelled.

A university spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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