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French police called in to break up US-style pro-Palestinian student demo

Picture taken at Paris’ Sciences Po university on April 24, 2024, shows students setting up tents to demand that university authorities condemn the Israeli regime’s genocidal war against the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Getty Images)

Authorities at a prestigious Paris university have called in the police to end pro-Palestinian students’ occupation of part of the campus, a protest method that is under way at dozens of American universities.

The law enforcement confronted the protesters, who numbered around 60, and had occupied the Sciences Po university’s Saint Thomas campus in the French capital’s Saint Germain des Pres neighborhood on Wednesday.

The protesters demanded that the university "cut its ties with universities and companies that are complicit in the [ongoing Israeli] genocide in Gaza" and "end the repression of pro-Palestinian voices on campus."

Undaunted by the authorities, as many as 150 students gathered again on Thursday.

"The director has crossed a red line by deciding to send in the police," said Ines Fontenelle, a member of the Student Union at Sciences Po.

Union spokeswoman Eleonore Schmitt also said the students would continue to mobilize "despite repression."

The developments came amid the Israeli regime’s October 7-present genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

More than 34,300 Palestinians have been killed and over 77,200 others wounded in the war that the regime began following a retaliatory operation by the Palestinian territory’s resistance movements.

The brutal military onslaught enjoys unreserved military and political support on the part of the Israeli regime’s Western allies, including the United States and France.

The Paris student protest came amid underway tent protests on campuses from coast to coast across the United States, including Columbia University, Yale University, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and California State Polytechnic in Humboldt.

The American students are similarly asking their universities to cut ties with the Israeli regime, while pressing Washington to drop its support for the war.

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