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Protests at Columbia University: Pro-Palestinian demonstrations continue after dozens of arrests by NYPD

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) — Pro-Palestinian protesters continue their protest on the Columbia University campus a day after more than 100 of them were arrested by New York police.

NewsCopter 7 flew over Columbia’s South Lawn early Friday morning, where about 100 protesters camped out overnight.

A solidarity “March for Divestment” was planned for noon on Friday near the university campus. The organizers asked their followers to support the students.

The Gaza Solidarity Camp on Columbia’s campus never ended after Thursday’s arrests, as some students simply moved to another lawn when police entered the South Lawn.

Five more protesters were arrested overnight, bringing the total to 114.

The new arrests occurred outside the main gates, for disorderly conduct and blocking vehicular traffic.

Students are now required to scan their school IDs in order to enter campus.

Thursday’s demonstration coincided with testimony at the Capitol by Columbia’s president about the school’s handling of an alleged anti-Semitic environment.

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Darla Miles has the Jackson Heights story.


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