Thirteen People Arrested at Emerson College ‘While Protesting School’s Stance on Israel-Hamas’ Conflict

2024-03-26 09:00:42

The protest was organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. What a shock. reports:

13 arrested outside Emerson College presidential inauguration while protesting school’s stance on Israel-Hamas war

Thirteen people were arrested outside of an inauguration for Emerson College’s new president Friday while protesting the university’s tuition hikes and stance on the Israel-Hamas war, school and law enforcement officials said.

Boston police confirmed to that 13 people were arrested by Emerson College Police and booked by the Boston Police Department.

The arrests took place outside of Cutler Majestic Theatre Friday morning as some 50 protestors gathered while Emerson’s new president Jay M. Bernhardt was being inaugurated, the school said in a letter to the community sent on Friday. Twelve of the 13 demonstrators were Emerson students, the school said.

“The situation escalated when a number of protesters did not comply with multiple police requests, leading to the detention of 12 Emerson students,” Bernhardt said in the letter. “Initial reports indicate these individuals were arrested for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.”

All of the students had been released from custody as of Saturday, Emerson’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group said in a post on its Instagram page. In a follow-up letter on Sunday, Bernhardt said the school would not pursue charges against those arrested at the demonstration.

“We will request that the Boston District Attorney dismiss all criminal charges,” Bernhardt, the 13th president of the college, wrote. Bernhardt assumed the role of president in June last year.

Friday’s demonstration, which was organized by SJP, was protesting the “College’s tuition hikes, suppression of students and faculty, and silence on the ongoing genocide in Gaza,” the group said in an Instagram post.


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