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Pro-Palestinian protesters arrested at two New Hampshire universities

As tensions surrounding pro-Palestinian protests continued to rise at colleges and universities, police arrested more than 100 protesters at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, Hanover police arrested 90 protesters in Dartmouth for “multiple offenses,” including trespassing and resisting arrest, the agency said in a statement. The 90 protesters arrested included both Dartmouth students and non-Dartmouth students.

The arrests came after campus security closed off campsites or tents on the Dartmouth Green and followed several announcements telling protesters they would have to disperse after the tents were set up, the statement said. Hanover police and New Hampshire State Police made “multiple announcements to disperse,” prompting some protesters to leave the site. However, according to police, many remained on site despite the warnings.

According to the statement, the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit helped respond to the protest.

Nearly a dozen protesters were also arrested at the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to NBC10 Boston.

According to the broadcaster, the arrests came when demonstrators wanted to set up a camp there. Officers gave three warnings over the loudspeaker before police in riot gear arrived in the area in front of Thompson Hall, WMUR reported.

“We are sorry that this had to happen. We are sorry that this happened. But we had to sort this out, we're not going to have an encampment… that's just not going to happen,” said UNH Police Chief Paul Dean.

In Massachusetts, more than 200 protesters were arrested at Emerson College and Northeastern University last week. The encampments at Tufts, MIT and Harvard remained in place Thursday despite senior leaders at each institution calling on protesters to remove them.

Encampments of protesters calling on universities to stop doing business with Israel or companies they say support the war in Gaza have spread to campuses nationwide in a significant student movement. The police raids that followed mirrored actions decades ago against a much larger protest movement protesting the Vietnam War.

In a rare instance, university officials and protest leaders agreed to limit disruptions to campus life and upcoming commencement ceremonies.

The Associated Press counted at least 38 cases since April 18, when arrests occurred at campus protests across the United States. More than 1,600 people were arrested at 30 schools.

The nationwide campus demonstrations began April 17 in Columbia to protest Israel's offensive in Gaza, which followed a deadly Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7. Militants killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and took about 250 hostages. Israel has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as part of its pledge to eradicate Hamas, according to the health ministry there.

Israel and its supporters have branded the university protests as anti-Semitic, while Israel's critics say it is using those accusations to silence the opposition. Although some protesters have been caught on camera making anti-Semitic statements or violent threats, organizers of the protests, some of whom are Jewish, say it is a peaceful movement aimed at defending the rights of Palestinians and to protest against the war.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, protest camps were cleared by police, leading to arrests, or schools across the US were voluntarily closed, including the City College of New York, Fordham University in New York, Portland State in Oregon, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff , Arizona and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Anna Harden

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