Columbia axes graduation ceremony as US colleges counter Gaza protests

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NEW YORK, May 7 — Columbia University, the epicenter of US student protests against the war in Gaza, on Monday cancelled its main graduation ceremony, as colleges seek to contain...

Seats for commencement exercises, now cancelled, are set up at the main campus of Columbia University on May 6, 2024 in New York City. — AFP picNEW YORK, May 7 — Columbia University , the epicenter of US student protests against the war in Gaza, on Monday cancelled its main graduation ceremony, as colleges seek to contain the demonstrations that have rocked campuses for weeks.

Some students angry at the decision signed an online petition to overturn it, which had more than 1,400 signatures on Monday.“They have plenty of money... But instead they chose the laziest option possible,” politics student Ally Woodward, 24, told AFP, referring to university leaders.Graduation ceremonies — a key event in American university life — have become a new target for pro-Palestinian demonstrators after heavy-handed policing removed many of their on-campus encampments.

At Northeastern University in Boston, a man wearing a shirt splattered with fake blood approached the stage before being detained by police on Sunday. Dramatic scenes followed, with helmet-clad officers marching handcuffed demonstrators out of the university grounds onto police buses. Police arrested dozens of people on Monday at the University of California, San Diego, as they began dismantling tents set up by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

President Joe Biden said on Thursday that “order must prevail” on US campuses, adding that protests should not be allowed to disrupt classes and graduations.

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