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Columbia continuing dialogue for next 48 hours after midnight deadline for anti-Israel protesters to reach agreement to dismantle encampment

Columbia University will continue discussions with anti-Israel student protesters to reach agreement on a plan to dismantle their encampment “for the next 48 hours” after a midnight deadline passed without a resolution, according to a report.

Riot police were seen gathering overnight as a university spokesperson said university administrators had made “significant progress with representatives of the student encampment,” the Columbia Spectator.

The university’s president, Minouche Shafik, had initially set Wednesday at midnight as the deadline for their departure. REUTERS

University President Minouche Shafik initially set a midnight deadline Wednesday for them to vacate the premises before the school “considers alternative options” for removing the tent city.

However, just after midnight, Columbia University’s Students for Justice in Palestine posted on X that they had abandoned negotiations with the school “until there is a written commitment according to which the administration will not release the New York police or the National Guard on its territory. students.”

President Mike Johnson is scheduled to hold a news conference at the university Wednesday after meeting with Jewish students.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

New York Post

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