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More arrests and a canceled commencement as college antiwar rallies spread

Arrests at pro-Palestinian protests that expanded Thursday to colleges across the country brought the total number of people detained in a week of demonstrations to more than 500, with officials struggling to quell the unrest by clearing encampments and closing buildings.

A tumultuous scene and dozens of arrests late Wednesday at the University of Southern California pushed its administration to cancel the school's main commencement ceremony May 10, citing new safety measures that have been put in place after protests there.

Since April 18, police have detained demonstrators at schools including Emerson College in Boston, New York University, the University of Texas at Austin and Ohio State University. But even as law enforcement has moved in, students - many demanding that their institutions cut ties with corporations doing business with Israel - have gathered on campuses, defying exhortations and threats by administrators and calls for crackdowns by politicians.


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