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35 More Students Join NYU Occupation Despite Police Violence

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 by Jasper Conner

The Occupation of NYU for a more affordable, democratic, and socially responsible university has been going on for nearly 24 hours. 

The administration of NYU still refuses to negotiate with the students of Take Back NYU! and has made multiple threats to students, including calling parents to threaten expulsion and promising arrests at 1 am in the morning. 

I  just got word from Drew SDSer Christa Hendrickson that about 35 students just rushed inside to join the Occupation.  According to Christa, the police assaulted students Occupying the Kimmel Center and those making their way inside.  She said that they hit many students and ripped shirts off of others.  She ended the conversation by saying she had to go help others block the doors.  According to Alex Lotorto, a member of Muhlenberg SDS, there are nearly 75 students inside the occupation at the moment!

Students have been making their way to NYU from across the city and from as far away as DC to support the amazing work that Take Back NYU! has done in the two years of their campaign leading up to this occupation.  Support is still needed, anyone who can make it to NYU should head their immediately as support from the street is greatly needed. 

Take Back NYU! is planning to hold a midnight Rally, which will take place right before the administration promised to give the order to arrest. 

If you’re not close enough to travel you can still support the cause by letting everyone know about this bold action that NYU students are taking and by calling the NYU administration to demand that they NEGOTIATE with students rather than THREATEN AND BEAT them. 

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