encampments amid police, crackdowns on universities


Demonstrations on college campuses over Israel’s offensive in Gaza continued across the U.S. and Europe on Tuesday, as University of Chicago police cleared an encampment and other demonstrators protested outside the homes of university officials.

Police on Tuesday raided an encampment that the university said had been set up on the University of Chicago’s main campus for at least a week. Video of the police response shows officers in riot gear tearing down posters and dismantling tents.

In a statement, Paul Alivisatos, the university’s president, said no arrests had been made but added that “disciplinary action will be taken where appropriate.” He cited growing security concerns for the university’s decision to break camp.

Elsewhere, demonstrators took to the streets in front of the homes of university officials, while university encampments in Europe increasingly became the scene of police standoffs. At the Rhode Island School of Design, protesters still occupied a building they took over on Monday. At MIT, dozens of protesters remained in an encampment Tuesday after it was largely emptied following an ultimatum from the university.

Over the past 24 hours, demonstrators in New York and Massachusetts held demonstrations outside the homes of top university officials.

On Tuesday morning, demonstrators in Manhattan protested in front of the homes of several members of the Columbia University Board of Trustees. Columbia kicked off the wave of student protests across the country and beyond last month. On Monday, the university announced that it has canceled the main orientation and will instead focus on smaller graduation ceremonies.

In Massachusetts, more than 400 people protested Monday evening outside the home of Alan M. Garber, the president of Harvard University, according to the Harvard Crimson. The rally was organized in response to the president’s refusal to negotiate with protesters at an encampment in Harvard Yard.

Garber had previously demanded in a public statement that students break camp or face possible bans from campus.