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College protests keep spreading after Columbia crackdown

2024-04-24 10:09:54       source:Politico

April 23, 2024

Student Gaza solidarity protests are engulfing some of the nation’s top colleges as university presidents, U.S. lawmakers and even President Joe Biden struggle to quell the growing unrest amid fierce partisan blowback.

The protests, which began against the backdrop of Columbia University’s prominent campus lawn last week but in the past two days began to extend into New York City and spread to colleges across the country, are upending the final weeks of the spring semester as leaders scramble to respond.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams was scheduled to meet with college administrators Tuesday to share best practices, including using security personnel to ensure individuals who don’t attend their schools do not enter campus, as Columbia and New York University students planned demonstrations outside their campus borders.

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