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More than 100 NYPD officers outside Paulson as hundreds protest encampment sweep

The protest comes hours after a police sweep of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment on the Greene Street Walk Friday morning.
Krish Dev
(Krish Dev for WSN)

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Update, 6:41 p.m.

Around half of the protesters dispersed after reaching Washington Square Park, with around 200 protesters still chanting and some joining the Shabbat service. A group of around 15 New York City Police Department officers entered the crowd to remove a counterprotester, who was seen yelling at the group, from the park.

A counterprotester holding two phones in his hands.
(Jason Alpert-Wisnia for WSN)

Update, 6:27 p.m.

Police arrested a demonstrator wearing what appeared to be an NYU sweatshirt outside of The New School’s encampment. The protester was taken into a New York City Police Department van as demonstrators chanted “let her go, let her go.” Legal observers on the scene said the protester was carrying an NYU ID. Demonstrators are marching into Washington Square Park, with five officers leading the group on motorcycles, where a service for Shabbat is also taking place.

(Jason Alpert-Wisnia for WSN)

Update, 6:05 p.m.

Protesters have now paused in front of The New School’s Gaza Solidarity Encampment on 13th Street and Fifth Avenue The crowd moved onto the sidewalk following orders from the New York City Police Department. 

Update, 5:49 p.m.

Protesters marched down LaGuardia Place and then turned onto West Fourth Street. The crowd began marching toward the Stern School of Business, but New York City Police Department officers redirected it down to University Place. Around 20 NYPD officers are leading the group, which is lined by police officers on both sides.

Update, 5:28 p.m.

The crowd of protesters, followed by at least 50 New York City Police Department officers in riot gear, is marching down Mercer Street and turning right on West Houston Street. A few dozen police officers remain stationed near the Paulson Center.

5:21 p.m.

NYU put the Paulson Center on lockdown after hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the building in protest of the police sweep of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment this morning, which resulted in 14 student arrests.

More than 100 New York City Police Department officers are in riot gear, surrounding Paulson. Police have blocked off Bleecker Street from Fifth Avenue to Broadway.

Protesters are chanting “NYU, you can’t hide, you’re abetting genocide,” “IOF, NYPD off our university” and “Linda Mills we know you, you arrest students too.”

NYU spokesperson John Beckman said Paulson is on lockdown “given the sizable crowd,” outside the building, but that those who live in or have classes in the building “should be able to enter and exit” in a written statement to WSN.

In a universitywide memo, President Linda Mills said that protesters’ “unwillingness” to leave, safety concerns, noise complaints, “increasing threats” and violations of university rules informed NYU’s decision to authorize the arrests. She also referenced attempts at negotiations with protesters by administrators, which fell through this past weekend.

Several activist and free expression advocacy groups on campus have criticized the university’s decision to sweep the encampment Friday Morning. In a recent statement, NYU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors expressed “no confidence” in President Linda Mills’ leadership, saying the university’s police intervention in the encampment demonstration posed an “unacceptable risk” to protesters.

Contact Adrianna Nehme and Dharma Niles at [email protected].

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Adrianna Nehme
Adrianna Nehme, News Editor
Adrianna Nehme is a sophomore still trying to decide what to major in. Originally from a small town in Indiana, she moved to Chicago, Illinois for high school — where she was also the news editor for the school paper! She loves experiencing music live at concerts, seeking restaurants to try in the city and reading fiction novels — her all-time favorite is "The Cider House Rules" by John Irving. Check out her latest adventures on Instagram @adrianna.nehme.
Dharma Niles
Dharma Niles, Deputy News Editor
Dharma Niles is a first-year student currently studying journalism and politics at CAS, and has yet to choose between the six different minors she'd also like to pursue. You can generally find her playing NYT games, skittering around the city with a Celsius in hand or on Instagram @dharmaniles.
Krish Dev
Krish Dev, Multimedia Editor
Krish is a first-year planning to major in Computer Science and Linguistics at CAS. In his free time, he enjoys posting photos on @krish_dev.creations, obsessing over geography, watching new films with friends, taking public transport to new places and letting Arsenal make or break his week.
Samson Tu
Samson Tu, Magazine Managing Editor
Samson Tu is finishing his B.A. degree in politics with a thesis on the state of civil society development in the People's Republic of China. Synthesizing his experience in journalism and training in politics, Samson is going to attend the NYU School of Law after his undergraduate to study intellectual property law. Samson attempts to make sense of Heidegger and Sartre or edits photographs on his 15-hour flight between New York and Taipei. He always prefers the flights to New York. Send an email to [email protected] for ideas about WSN's monthly magazine issues!
Jason Alpert-Wisnia
Jason Alpert-Wisnia, Editor-at-Large
Jason Alpert-Wisnia is a junior majoring in Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, primarily focused on photojournalism and documentary photography. His photography ranges from coverage of professional sports, to political protests and music festivals. When he is not pounding the pavement with a camera in his hands looking for the next story, you are likely to find Jason in a used bookstore looking for rare finds or in the park reading. You can find him on Instagram @jasonalpertwisnia and contact him at [email protected].

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    Orlando fernandezMay 4, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    I really like the look and feel of the website. Looks clean, clear / uncluttered. The photos of the reporters are all great. I really appreciate the tone of the articles. I’ve been reading about the recent protests, and I appreciate how it’s a tone of just reporting, without commentary / opinion. Must be alot of hard work but hopefully it is fulfilling. Thank you, and please keep up the great work!!