Perly 2,300 young people have already been arrested in protests in the USA, which are reminiscent of the protest against the Vietnam war in the late 1960s.

From Canada to Australia, passing through Europe, students from several countries have joined the protest.


Since April 17, a wave of pro-Gaza protests has swept through some 40 universities, from the Atlantic coast to California.

In recent days, police have carried out a series of dismantlements of pro-Palestinian camps.

Pro-Palestinian protesters barricaded at the prestigious Columbia University, the epicenter of the student protest movement, were expelled on Tuesday night.

At the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), dozens of students were detained.

Unlike other institutions, Brown University (eastern Rhode Island) agreed with protesters to dismantle their camp in exchange for a vote on possible “divestment” from “companies that enable and profit from the genocide in Gaza.”

On Tuesday, the United Nations expressed “concern” about police actions on US college campuses. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, declared himself “troubled by a series of heavy-handed measures adopted to disperse and dismantle demonstrations”, stressing that “freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are fundamental”.

Israeli authorities have called the protests anti-Semitic, while critics say Israel uses such allegations to silence opposition. Although some protesters were caught on camera making anti-Semitic comments or violent threats, protest organizers – some of whom are Jewish – consider it a peaceful movement to defend Palestinian rights and protest the war.

US President Joe Biden defended the right of students to peacefully protest, but lamented the violence and disruption to campus life.


The main premises of the prestigious Parisian school Sciences Po, which has between 5,000 and 6,000 students in the capital, remained closed today, as French police began an intervention to remove several dozen pro-Palestinian activists who had occupied the school’s premises since Eve.

The actions carried out by students in support of Gaza took place mainly in Sciences Po establishments throughout France, but few within universities.

On Thursday, the Minister of Higher Education, Sylvie Retailleau, asked university rectors to guarantee the “maintenance of public order”, using “all powers” at their disposal, particularly in terms of disciplinary sanctions in the event of disturbances. or resorting to police forces.


Police intervened today to remove pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in front of Berlin’s Humboldt University, in the center of the capital. According to the police, around 300 people joined the demonstration, a few dozen of whom tried to sit in the university courtyard.

Some protesters were forcibly evicted after refusing an alternative location, Berlin police reported on social media site X.

Berlin Mayor Kai Wegner criticized the demonstration, writing in X that the city did not want “situations like those in the United States or France”.


The pro-Palestinian student movement has taken root in several cities, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. The first and largest camp, at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, began on April 27 and grew in size.

Hundreds of protesters have reinforced their camp in recent days due to the threat of dismantling by the police.

They say they are determined to occupy the site for as long as necessary, until McGill severs all financial and academic ties with Israel.

On Wednesday, the school management said it wanted the camp to be dismantled “without delay”, claiming it was a “non-negotiable” demand. In his opinion, “a certain number of protesters are not part of the student community.”

The Montreal police, who say they are in favor of a “peaceful” solution to the situation, have not yet intervened to dismantle the camp.

Earlier this week, a Quebec court rejected a request filed by two McGill students demanding that protesters leave campus.


At the University of Sydney, hundreds of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protesters came face to face today. Despite some tense exchanges, both meetings remained peaceful and the police did not intervene.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been camped out for ten days on a lawn in front of the vast Gothic building of the University of Sydney, a bastion of Australian academia.

Like their North American counterparts, protesters want the University of Sydney to sever its links with Israeli institutions and refuse donations from arms companies.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Mark Scott, wrote to students and staff to express his “commitment to freedom of expression” and did not ask the police to dismantle the camp.


In Mexico City, dozens of pro-Palestinian students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the country’s largest, set up a camp in the capital on Thursday, chanting “Long live a free Palestine!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will win!”

Protesters called on the Mexican government to sever diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel.


Around a hundred pro-Palestinian students occupied the entrance hall of the Geopolis building at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) late Thursday afternoon, demanding an academic boycott of Israeli institutions and an immediate and permanent ceasefire, reported the Keystone-ATS news agency.

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