NYPD Arrests 282 Pro-Terror Protesters at NYC Universities

NYPD arrests 282 pro-terror protesters at CCNY and Columbia, raising concerns about radicalization and violence on college campuses.

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NYPD Arrests 282 Pro-Terror Protesters at NYC Universities

NYPD Arrests 282 Pro-Terror Protesters at NYC Universities

The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested 282 pro-terror protesters at the City College of New York (CCNY) and Columbia University on Tuesday night, as a new "Gaza solidarity encampment" emerged at Fordham University. The arrests came after protesters occupied buildings at both campuses, barricading doors with heavy chain-link locks.

At Columbia University, the NYPD intervened after a break-in at Hamilton Hall led by individuals not affiliated with the university. Police cited public safety concerns as the reason for their intervention, surrounding the building and making dozens of arrests. The university said it was "left with no choice" but to call police after students blockaded themselves inside, threatened a staff member, and forced out public safety personnel.

Separately, 173 protesters were arrested during violent scenes at the CCNY campus in Harlem. Protesters there had removed the American flag and replaced it with a Palestinian flag. The NYPD removed the Palestinian flag and restored the American flag. Protesters clashed with police, throwing flares and garbage at officers. As a result, CCNY is currently holding all classes remotely until further notice.

Why this matters: The arrests underscore the escalating tensions and clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and authorities on college campuses. The involvement of outside agitators, as claimed by officials, raises concerns about the radicalization of students and the potential for violence.

Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD officials claimed that "outside agitators" had hijacked the protests and were trying to "radicalize" the students, though they did not provide specific evidence. "The protesters were not there to peacefully protest, but rather to create chaos," Adams said. "Antisemitism and anti-Israel attitudes were pervasive among the activists." Preliminary charges against those arrested range from trespass and criminal mischief to burglary. The CUNY Gaza Solidarity Encampment group called for protesters to rally outside 1 Police Plaza in support of the dozens who remain in custody, with one protester claiming they were denied water and bathroom access overnight.

Key Takeaways

  • NYPD arrested 282 pro-terror protesters at CCNY and Columbia University.
  • Protesters occupied buildings, barricaded doors, and clashed with police.
  • Officials claim "outside agitators" tried to radicalize students and incite chaos.
  • Protesters removed the American flag and replaced it with a Palestinian flag at CCNY.
  • CCNY is holding all classes remotely due to the protests and arrests.