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Gaza protesters at UT Austin arrested by armed police

Heavily armed police officers, many on horseback, made several arrests after being deployed to the campus of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin on Wednesday, April 24, to disperse a pro-Palestinian protest organized by students.

The protest was organized by the Austin Palestinian Solidarity Committee, which planned to lead a march to the South Lawn of campus and occupy the area for the day, and aligned itself with similar protests taking place in other other universities in the country.

According to local mediastate troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and officers from the University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) managed to prevent a group of approximately 200 people from reaching the South Lawn and began making arrests after engaging in tense confrontations with protesters.

In a statement, the university’s dean of students office said: “Simply put, the University of Texas at Austin will not allow this campus to be ‘taken’ and protesters derail our mission in a way that groups affiliated with your national organization have accomplished elsewhere. ยป Credit: The Texas Horn via Storyful

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