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Police breach occupied building at Columbia, remove students from campus

Dozens of New York police officers in riot gear entered Columbia's campus Tuesday night after issuing a dispersal order to protesters gathered outside one of the university's entrances. Officers headed toward encampments at the Ivy League school, breached a building occupied by protesters and removed students from the campus with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have demanded for weeks that universities divest from Israeli-linked companies more than six months into Israel's war with Hamas.

Police at Columbia University have entered Hamilton Hall, the building occupied by pro-Palestinian protesters.

News footage showed police officers with body armor and riot shields entering the building through a window, which they accessed using a specialized police van with a ramp mounted on its roof. Some officers entered with their guns drawn.


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