Gaza Strip | The student movement against the Israeli offensive spreads around the world

(Paris) The student movement against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip continues to expand around the world: starting from American campuses, recalling the mobilization against the Vietnam War and sometimes being the subject of police repression, he won Paris, Lausanne, Montreal, Mexico and even Sydney.


UNITED STATES :

Since April 17, a wave of mobilization for Gaza has swept across American campuses, in around forty universities, from the Atlantic coast to California, evoking demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

In total, nearly 2,000 people were arrested, according to a report established by several American media.

PHOTO DAVE SANDERS, THE NEW YORK TIMES

An arrest at Columbia University

In recent days, the police have carried out a series of manu militari dismantling of pro-Palestinian camps.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators barricaded in the prestigious Columbia University, the epicenter of the student mobilization, were chased out during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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

Unlike other institutions, Brown University (Rhode Island, East) agreed with the demonstrators on the dismantling of their encampment in exchange for a vote on a possible “divestment” from “companies that make possible and profit of the genocide in Gaza.

The UN said on Tuesday it was “concerned” by police actions on university campuses in the United States. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, said he was troubled “by a series of tough measures taken to disperse and dismantle the demonstrations”, stressing that “freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly are fundamental”.

France :

The main premises of the prestigious Parisian school Sciences Po, which welcomes 5,000 to 6,000 students in the capital, will remain closed on Friday, the French police having begun an intervention on Friday to evacuate several dozen pro-Palestinian activists who had occupied the school premises since the day before.

PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

French police began an intervention on Friday to evacuate several dozen pro-Palestinian activists who occupied the premises of Sciences Po in Paris.

After an internal debate on the Middle East organized Thursday by the management of Sciences Po Paris, in which professors and students participated, the provisional administrator of the school, Jean Bassères, repeated that there was no question, as Some students are calling for it to “investigate” Sciences Po’s relations with Israeli universities.

Actions carried out by students in support of Gaza take place mainly in Sciences Po establishments across France, but few within universities.

In Lille (north), the Institute of Political Studies remained closed on Thursday and access to the Higher School of Journalism (ESJ) was blocked.

The Minister of Higher Education Sylvie Retailleau asked university presidents on Thursday to ensure the “maintenance of public order”, using “the fullest extent of the powers” ​​at their disposal, particularly in terms of sanctions. disciplinary measures in the event of disturbances or recourse to the police.

Canada:

The pro-Palestinian student movement has established itself in several cities, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. The first and largest camp erected, that of the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, began on April 27 and grew.

PHOTO CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER, SPECIAL COLLABORATION

Camp at McGill

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

They say they are determined to occupy the premises as long as necessary, until McGill cuts all financial or academic ties with Israel.

On Wednesday, the management of the establishment said it wanted the camp to be dismantled “without delay”, affirming that it was a “non-negotiable” request. According to her, “a certain number of demonstrators are not part of the student community”.

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

Earlier this week, a Quebec court rejected a request for an injunction made by two McGill students who demanded that protesters leave campus.

Australia:

At the University of Sydney, hundreds of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators came face to face on Friday. Despite some tense exchanges, the two gatherings remained peaceful and the police did not intervene.

PHOTO AYUSH KUMAR, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

At the University of Sydney, hundreds of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrators came face to face on Friday.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been camped for ten days on a lawn opposite the sprawling Gothic building of the University of Sydney, a bastion of Australian academic knowledge.

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

University Vice President Mark Scott wrote to students and staff to express his “commitment to free speech” and stopped short of asking police to dismantle the camp.

Mexico:

In Mexico City, dozens of pro-Palestinian students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest in the country, set up camp in the capital on Thursday, chanting “Long live free Palestine!” » and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will win!” “. In particular, they asked the Mexican government to break diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel.

PHOTO RAQUEL CUNHA, REUTERS

In Mexico City, dozens of pro-Palestinian students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the largest in the country, set up camp.

Swiss :

Around a hundred pro-Palestinian students occupied the entrance hall of the Géopolis building of 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.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

Leave a Comment