Campus Protestors Get Shut Down?

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( – Following the latest series of arrests, clashes with the police, and the White House’s instruction for bringing order to U.S. university campuses, Pro-Palestinian protests have reduced. 

The Manhattan police had started after sunrise to clear the New York University encampment after a video emerged on social media of an official showing the protesters as they were leaving their encampment after they had been asked to do so. 

The scenes are much calmer than some of the crackdowns at other U.S. campuses and across the world, as protests against Israel and its war on Gaza have increased. 

University administrators have tried to strike a balance between the right to protest and the incoming complaints of hate speech and violence. They have also been pushing for the police to help clear out the demonstrators before the final year exams and the graduation ceremonies. 

The recent news came right as a group of protesters with an American flag had shown up at the group to confront the pro-Palestinian demonstrators in the school. However, the two sides had been separated by the police. 

In the last two weeks, the protests have resulted in over 2,000 arrests across the country.

President Joe Biden is now facing increasing pressure to not only handle protesters but also take a stance on the conflict in Gaza. On Thursday, he spoke about the protests arguing that order needed to prevail. He continued by arguing that the U.S. is not a country to squash protests, nor is it a lawless country, and order needed to prevail. 

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