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University of Bucharest Issues Ultimatum to Pro-Palestinian Protesters Vandalizing Campus

On Thursday morning, June 20, the University of Bucharest issued an ultimatum to pro-Palestinian demonstrators, demanding they vacate the university camp by 10:00 p.m. The university mentioned recent acts of vandalism against historical monuments, faculty spaces, and instances of anarchy.

Reports of physical aggression towards students and teachers opposing the protest, the unauthorized nature of the protest, and significant disruptions during university events were also highlighted as reasons for the eviction order.

During the graduation ceremonies on June 12 and June 14, 2024, attended by about 1,000 people, including students, graduates, faculty, and their families, protesters disrupted the events. They used loudspeakers, climbed onto the stage during the diploma presentations, and hoisted the Palestinian flag on the Ana Davila Monument. The University of Bucharest noted the high level of organization in the protest, including daily catering services, distribution of protest guides in English, and participation of individuals not affiliated with the university.

The demonstration began on May 20 at the university’s rectorate, inspired by similar protests in the United States. Protesters set up a camp with tents, demanding the university end all collaborations with Israeli or Israeli institutions.

University spokesperson clarified that the university had only one partnership with an Israeli higher education institution and emphasized that the university could not engage in political matters, including foreign policy and the internal politics of other states. He affirmed the university’s support for the universal right to protest, provided it adhered to national laws and university regulations.

Romania is a tactical field for trying to replicate similar protests in the USA, and how the so-called students protest within the university campus denotes rather an attempt to distort the idea of ​​protest and radicalize society.

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