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The police have cleared a pro-Palestinian camp on the Free University of Berlin. Activists had occupied a yard there. In some instances, members had been arrested for sedition and trespassing.

Berlin police broke up a pro-Palestinian protest on the grounds of the Free University on Tuesday. A police spokeswoman informed rbb that some anti-Semitic slogans had been shouted. Individual folks had been quickly arrested for incitement and trespassing, the police wrote within the quick message service X.

The Palestine activists had occupied a courtyard on the college within the morning. According to rbb data, round 150 persons are collaborating within the marketing campaign and a few tents have been arrange.

200 law enforcement officials on obligation

As the police spokeswoman stated, the activists had been initially requested to go away the yard voluntarily. Some folks complied. Others had been reportedly carried away. The police had been deployed with round 200 folks.

According to rbb data, there have been two spontaneous demonstrations in entrance of the cafeteria. Around 50 pro-Palestinian and simply over 20 pro-Israeli folks gathered there.

Organizers name for a boycott of Israel

A gaggle “Student Coalition Berlin” revealed footage of tents that had been erected on the Camus on Instagram this morning. In a joint assertion with a number of different teams on Instagram it says: “In solidarity with the Palestinian people, we, the Berlin students, have set up our camp at the Free University.”

The group known as on universities in Berlin, amongst different issues, to advocate for a ceasefire within the Gaza Strip and to boycott Israel “academically and culturally.”

People protest against the war in the Gaza Strip on the grounds of the Humboldt University in Berlin.  (Source: dpa/Paul Zinken)

Police launch 37 legal investigations after pro-Palestinian protests


Eviction ordered, educating stopped

The college stated it had ordered an eviction. “This form of protest is not aimed at dialogue. An occupation is not acceptable on the grounds of the FU Berlin. We are available for scientific dialogue – but not in this way,” stated college president Günter Ziegler.

According to college administration, demonstrators additionally tried to interrupt into rooms and lecture halls on the college within the morning as a way to occupy them. There was injury to property. The FU has filed legal expenses.

Teaching within the Rust, Silver and Holzlaube buildings was stopped for the remainder of the day. The libraries in these buildings and the cafeteria have additionally been closed, the college stated in a press release.

Wegner: Consistent method is totally appropriate

Berlin's governing mayor Kai Wegner (CDU) has condemned the FU occupation by pro-Palestinian activists. “We must not turn a blind eye at universities when anti-Semitic slogans and hatred of Jews are spread at universities,” stated the CDU politician on Tuesday. He could be very grateful to the college for its method: “I think this consistent approach is completely right.”

Unregistered rally on the HU

Activists had already protested on the Humboldt University in Berlin on Friday. According to the police, round 150 folks got here collectively for an unregistered rally. The protesters demanded a lecture corridor as a rally location, which the college administration didn’t grant. As a outcome, the police initiated 37 investigations into attainable instances of sedition and resistance to legislation enforcement officers.

Protests at US universities for weeks

In the USA, there have been protests at quite a few universities for greater than two weeks towards the Israeli army operation within the Gaza Strip and in solidarity with the Palestinians residing there.

Critics accuse the novel a part of the protest motion particularly of anti-Semitism and trivializing the terrorist group Hamas. According to media stories, 2,000 folks have been arrested in reference to this.

Broadcast: rbb24 Abendschau, May seventh, 2024, 7:30 p.m