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US college protests: Hundreds more arrested across US in Gaza campus protests

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Legend, Pro-Palestinian protesters arrested for trespassing at University of Southern California

Police have arrested hundreds more protesters across the United States, as demonstrations against the war in Gaza intensify on college campuses.

Some 108 arrests were made at Emerson College, Boston police told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.

Previously, 93 people at the University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles were arrested for trespassing.

Protesters and police also clashed at the University of Texas at Austin.

Authorities said 34 people were also arrested there.

American universities have seen increasing numbers of students walking out of classes or attempting to set up encampments to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

The latest arrests follow others at Columbia, Yale and New York University.

The arrests at USC took place as students gathered at Alumni Park, where the university’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place next month.

Police in riot gear cleared a pro-Palestinian encampment in the center of campus, preventing protesters from gathering.

The students were given a 10-minute warning from police helicopters to disperse. Those who refused were arrested for trespassing.

The protest was reportedly largely peaceful at first, but later became tense due to continued police presence.

As police attempted to arrest a woman, protesters threw water bottles at them and chanted, “Let her go!” »

Protesters gathered around the officers, drowning out their warnings with slogans of “Free Palestine.” Students, some wearing kaffiyehs, held “liberated zone” signs and beat drums.

Elsewhere in the country, Boston police told CBS that three officers were injured during the action in that city, one seriously, although their condition was not life-threatening. No demonstrators were injured, police added.

The students have reportedly been camping since Sunday, apparently ignoring warnings to leave.

Emerson College has not yet commented on the arrests. In a previous statement, he said he supported the right to peacefully protest, while urging activists to respect the law.

Chaotic scenes at the University of Texas

Earlier, there were chaotic scenes on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, as hundreds of local and state police on horseback, holding batons, dispersed protesters.

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Legend, Texas police on horseback charged protesters

Gov. Greg Abbott deployed the National Guard to stop protesters from marching on campus, saying “their place was in jail.”

Images posted on social media show police officers weaving through the crowd, while warning demonstrators via loudspeaker to leave the scene or face arrest.

“I am ordering you, on behalf of the people of the State of Texas, to disperse,” the statement said.

Thirty-four people were arrested, authorities said.

A Fox News 7 Austin photographer was seen falling to the ground with his camera while surrounded by riot police. The American media later confirmed that the cameraman had been arrested.

Other protesters were spotted on the ground by riot police. But soon after, about 300 protesters grouped together, sat on the grass beneath the school’s iconic clock tower and chanted “Free Palestine.”

Protests spread after Colombia arrests

Protests against Israel’s war in Gaza have spread across the country after more than 100 people were arrested a week ago at Columbia University in New York after police attempted to clear an encampment.

Protesters in Columbia heckled Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson earlier Wednesday.

The entire campus was adorned with dozens of Palestinian flags and signs with slogans such as “Real Americans stand with Gaza,” “Demilitarize education” and “There are no more universities in Gaza “.

The university said his speech should not take place for security reasons, after complaints that his social media presence was anti-Semitic.

Ms Tabassum said she was the target of a “hate campaign aimed at silencing my voice”.

Elsewhere in the United States, protest tents have sprung up, including at Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, Yale, Emerson and the University of Michigan.

Pro-Israel and Jewish groups claimed that some protests included anti-Semitic elements and said they therefore did not feel safe.

On the campus of Columbia University in New York, several Jewish students expressed concerns about a threatening environment on campus.

But other protesters argued that incidents of harassment against Jewish students were rare and exaggerated by those who opposed their demands.

Activists called on universities to “divest from genocide” and stop investing large school endowments in companies involved in weapons manufacturing and other industries supporting Israel’s war in Gaza.

Israel strongly denies any suggestion that it is committing genocide in the Palestinian enclave, although the International Court of Justice has said the accusation is “plausible”.

The war began when Hamas-led gunmen carried out an unprecedented attack on southern Israel on October 7, killing around 1,200 people – mostly civilians – and taking 253 others back to Gaza as hostages.

More than 34,305 people – mostly children and women – have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the territory’s Health Ministry, which is run by Hamas.

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