Unrest continues at US universities: 2.100 protesters handcuffed

Historical events are unfolding at US universities

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Historic events are unfolding at US universities as more than 2.100 pro-Palestinian protesters have been arrested across the country in recent days with many cases of demonstrations turning violent, either with police intervention or counter-demonstrations.

At Columbia, where the president has been impeached for calling the police, a new scandal erupts with the revelation that a professor who supported Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and other extremist Islamist and terrorist organizations was hired.

Meanwhile, Manhattan police are investigating a shooting that happened yesterday in Columbia. The officer shot inside Columbia University's Hamilton Hall and the incident is being investigated by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. No one was injured, according to Doug Cohen, a spokesman for Bragg's office, who said there were no students near the area of ​​the shooting. Already, however, Columbia is reeling from the revelation that in the Modern Arabic Studies position, it had hired Professor Mohamed Abdu, who had publicly praised (!) the massacre by Hamas terrorists on October 7 in southern Israel, a few days before after the attack.

Meanwhile, Columbia University's chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has called for a vote of confidence against Columbia President Minuche Shafik for her decision to call the police and more generally for her handling of the protests at the university, which has "tradition" to activism by its students.

New York City police, meanwhile, issued a statement vindicating New York City Mayor Eric Adams' claims that "outside agitators" were responsible for escalating the protests that led to a brutal crackdown. According to data released by the New York police, one-third of those arrested in Columbia were not students.

The press release issued by the NYPD yesterday said that among those arrested in Columbia, "approximately 29% of the individuals were unrelated" to the school, while 60% of those arrested at the CCNY protests were unrelated to the school. .

Meanwhile, in Texas, the attorney general's office said there was no evidence to support claims by the University of Texas at Austin that people among the pro-Palestinian protesters on campus had "weapons, buckets of large rocks, bricks, wooden boards reinforced with with irons, hammers and chains". The attorney general said the large number of misdemeanor arrests of protesters could not be substantiated.

US President Joe Biden, in his intervention on the phenomenon that has spread to all American universities (with pro-Palestinian protesters demanding divestment of universities from Israel) condemned the violent protests, including vandalism, encroachment and cancellation of classes, during statements from the White House. "We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people and stifle dissent ... but we are not a lawless country either," he said. He also made it clear—addressing the relevant admonitions of Republican lawmakers—that he does not believe the National Guard should intervene in the protests, and that the campus unrest has not caused him to revise any Middle East policy.

However, while the Gaza solidarity protest camps at Rutgers, Northwestern and Brown universities are being peacefully dispersed by students, following agreements with university administrations, the wave of protests elsewhere shows no sign of stopping.

The biggest union of academic workers will hold a vote to authorize a strike as early as next week in response to the way universities have cracked down on student protests in Gaza. The union represents more than 48.000 graduate student workers across the University of California system.

Source: protothema.gr