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Pro-Palestine rallies spread after police arrest students at Columbia University

A man walks with a sign as pro-Palestinian students and activists camp out on the campus of Columbia University in New York City on April 19, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

University students in the United States have announced solidarity rallies to show support for the Palestinians caught in the Israeli regime’s genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

Students at several universities planned to rally in solidarity with the Columbia University demonstrators after New York police arrested dozens of pro-Palestinian activists protesting on the campus at New York’s Columbia University.

Students at the University of North Carolina, Boston University, and Harvard College announced student walkouts “in solidarity with steadfast Columbia students.”

Meanwhile, pro-Palestinian demonstrators continued with their protests at Columbia

Pro-Palestinian protesters are “peacefully protesting for divestment from genocide,” said one of the organizers of the rallies, Columbia University Apartheid Divest.

On Thursday, New York police dismantled tents set up by pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University, arresting 108 protesters.

Law enforcement officers came into action apprehending the students after Columbia University President Nemat Minouche Shafik authorized the New York Police Department to raid the campus following a grilling at a House of Representatives committee on so-called anti-Semitism.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said police had made the arrests concerning alleged trespassing on the university campus.

Meanwhile, the Israeli regime forces continued the genocidal war on the besieged Gaza Strip, bombing the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, and killing at least seven more on Friday, most of them women and children.

The Israeli regime has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in Gaza since the beginning of the war. Many more have been injured while still many more have been forced to flee the Palestinian land during the decades-long occupation.

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