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Chicago Police Dismantle Professional-Palestinian Encampment at DePaul College


Chicago police officers keep watch as protesters rally on Fullerton Avenue while crews disassemble the pro-Palestinian encampment in the quad at DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)Chicago law enforcement officials hold watch as protesters rally on Fullerton Avenue whereas crews disassemble the pro-Palestinian encampment within the quad at DePaul College’s Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Thursday, Could 16, 2024. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Solar-Occasions through AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Police started dismantling a pro-Palestinian encampment early Thursday at DePaul College in Chicago, hours after the college’s president instructed college students to depart the realm or face arrest.

Officers and staff in yellow vests cleared out tents and tenting tools on the pupil encampment, forsaking yellow squares of lifeless or dying grass the place the tents had stood. Entrance-loaders have been getting used to take away the tenting tools.

Simply throughout the road from the place the encampment was unfold throughout a grassy expanse of DePaul’s campus often known as “The Quad,” a number of dozen protesters stood alongside a sidewalk in entrance of a service station, clapping their fingers in unison as an obvious protest chief paced forwards and backwards earlier than them, talking right into a bullhorn.

The entire protesters on the encampment “voluntarily left” the realm when police arrived early Thursday, mentioned Jon Hein, chief of patrol for the Chicago Police Division.

“There have been no confrontations and there was no resistance,” he mentioned at a information briefing. “As we approached, all the themes voluntarily left the realm.”

Hein mentioned, nonetheless, that two individuals, a female and male of their 20s, have been arrested exterior the encampment “for obstruction of visitors.”

DePaul President Robert Manuel mentioned in an announcement that a kind of arrested is a present DePaul pupil and the second is a former pupil. He added that no accidents have been reported to the college.

The transfer to clear the campus comes lower than every week after the college’s president mentioned public security was in danger.

The college on Saturday mentioned it had reached an “deadlock” with the college’s protesters, leaving the way forward for their encampment on the Chicago campus unclear. Most of DePaul’s graduation ceremonies will probably be held the June 15-16 weekend.

In an announcement then, Manuel and Provost Salma Ghanem mentioned they consider that college students meant to protest peacefully, however “the responses to the encampment have inadvertently created public questions of safety that put our neighborhood in danger.”

Chicago police personnel keep watch while crews disassemble the pro-Palestinian encampment in the quad at DePaul University's Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)Chicago police personnel hold watch whereas crews disassemble the pro-Palestinian encampment within the quad at DePaul College’s Lincoln Park campus in Chicago, Thursday, Could 16, 2024. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Solar-Occasions through AP)

Efforts to resolve the variations with DePaul Divestment Coalition over the previous 17 days have been unsuccessful, Manuel mentioned in an announcement despatched to college students, school and employees Thursday morning.

“I perceive that the final 17 days have been anxious for a lot of, not solely inside our campus, but additionally for many who stay and work in our neighboring neighborhood,” Manuel mentioned later Thursday in an announcement. “We’re saddened that the state of affairs got here to the purpose the place legislation enforcement intervention was mandatory to make sure the protection and wellbeing of all — each inside and outdoors the encampment.”

Tensions at DePaul flared the earlier weekend when counterprotesters confirmed as much as the campus within the metropolis’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and prompted Chicago police to intervene.

The coed-led DePaul Divestment Coalition, who’re calling on the college to divest from Israel, arrange the encampment April 30. The group alleged college officers walked away from talks and tried to pressure college students into signing an settlement, in line with a pupil assertion late Saturday.

Henna Ayesh, a Palestinian pupil who’s a member of the coalition, criticized the police removing of the encampment as “shameful” in an announcement despatched Thursday by the group.

“It’s shameful that DePaul selected violence quite than permitting college students the best to protest our tuition cash funding a genocide that’s straight killing and displacing our households,” Ayesh mentioned.

DePaul is on town’s North Facet. Final week, police eliminated an analogous encampment on the College of Chicago on town’s South Facet.

College students at many faculty campuses this spring arrange comparable encampments, calling for his or her colleges to chop ties with Israel and companies that help it, to protest Israel’s actions within the battle with Hamas. The protests started as colleges have been winding up their spring semesters and are actually holding commencement ceremonies.

The Related Press has recorded no less than 80 incidents since April 18 the place arrests have been made at campus protests throughout the U.S. Greater than 2,960 individuals have been arrested on the campuses of 60 faculties and universities. The figures are based mostly on AP reporting and statements from universities and legislation enforcement businesses.


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