Student protester is escorted from stage during UT Austin graduation ceremony

(12 May 2024)


Austin, Texas – 11 May 2024
1. Various of a student on stage holding a Palestinian flag and being escorted by security after refusing to leave
A student held up a Palestinian flag on stage, refused to leave, and then was escorted by security during a commencement ceremony at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday.

Video taken from the stands shows the student holding the flag and holding until a security guard arrives.

Small pro-Palestinian protests are popping up sporadically as colleges and universities hold commencement services.

Among the demonstrations on Saturday were dozens of graduating students at Virginia Commonwealth University who walked out on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s address.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a small group of demonstrators staged what appeared to be a silent protest during commencement ceremonies.

There were also protests in North Carolina and California.

Protest camps have sprung up across the U.S. and in Europe in recent weeks as students demand their universities stop doing business with Israel or companies that support its war efforts.

Organizers seek to amplify calls to end Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, which they describe as a genocide against the Palestinians.


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