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College protest live updates: Nearly 300 arrested at Columbia and CUNY, UCLA cancels classes, as campus demonstrations intensify

by AfroWorldNews
Police in riot gear clear a building at Columbia and arrest dozens as tensions rise at schools around the country.

It’s been nearly two weeks since police were called in to break up a pro-Palestinian encampment at Columbia University. Since then, a movement calling for universities to divest financial support for Israel has spread to dozens of campuses across America.

The protests often feature tent cities established in green spaces and common areas, and have been largely peaceful — though not always. Hundreds of arrests have been made and skirmishes have broken out between police and demonstrators as college leaders seek to clear the spaces and quell the outcry. Commencements have been canceled, remote classes instituted and access to campus has been restricted.

In a sign of escalating tensions, police forcefully evicted protesters who had occupied Hamilton Hall on Columbia’s Manhattan campus and at City College of New York in Harlem overnight, taking nearly 300 into custody. Meanwhile, at the University of California, Los Angeles, tensions between dueling groups of protesters erupted in violent clashes early Wednesday morning. There have also been signs of reconciliation, with protesters and administrators at Northwestern and Brown reaching agreements.

Despite the pressure, the protests remain active and seemingly grow by the day. Below, get the latest updates on this fast-moving story from Yahoo News:

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