Charges dropped against 57 people arrested amid pro-Palestinian student protests

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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The Travis County Attorney's Office confirmed that all charges have been dropped against 57 people arrested during a pro-Palestine protest on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

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On Friday, the office said all charges were about criminal trespass and lacked probable cause, Xinhua news agency reported.

County Attorney Delia Garza, whose office handles misdemeanor cases, told local media outlet the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday that her office agreed with defense attorneys that there were “deficiencies” in the probable cause arrest affidavit, which are prohibited by law. Documents are filled. Enforcement to justify arrest.

The university said Friday that people arrested on criminal trespassing charges during Wednesday's protests would be banned from campus in accordance with existing university policy, according to a newspaper.

The Palestine Solidarity Committee, a registered student group, and a chapter of the National Students for Justice in Palestine organized a rally on Wednesday calling for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When some people began setting up tents to camp, which the Palestine Solidarity Committee stated was their intention, police almost immediately removed the tents.

“UT Austin does not tolerate disruption of campus activities or operations as we have seen at other campuses,” the UT Division of Student Affairs said in a statement before the protest.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 27 calling on universities to curb anti-Semitism by revising their free speech policies.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are spreading on campuses across the United States, from Texas to California, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza continues. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested by the police.

According to media reports, students from Yale University, New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Brown University, University of Southern California and other universities also set up camps in solidarity with their peers. At Columbia University.



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