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US: Police enter Columbia University to disperse protesters

Update : 01 May 2024, 10:14

Special police units from the New York Police Department (NYPD) used a massive truck and a ramp to enter a building occupied by pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University in New York City on Tuesday night local time.

Officers took dozens of protesters into custody, with pictures showing police, wearing helmets and carrying zip ties and riot shields, massed at the Ivy League university's entrance.

Some protesters had made their way from an encampment to Hamilton Hall, the main academic building for undergraduates, and occupied the building for 12 hours on Tuesday.

Protesters were asked to leave their encampment by 1400 local time on Monday afternoon. Some of those who refused had already been suspended.

"We made it very clear yesterday that the work of the University cannot be endlessly interrupted by protesters who violate the rules," Vice President of Public Affairs Ben Chang said in a statement on Monday.

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