UT Austin Palestine protest: Nearly 80 protesters taken into custody

Pro-Palestine protesters gathered once again on the University of Texas at Austin campus. 79 protesters were taken into custody, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, a UT Austin source said 45 of the 79 arrested on Monday were not affiliated with UT; 34 were students.

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department issued a dispersal order as protesters gathered on the South Mall.

DPS arrived on campus around 1:30 p.m. to support UTPD. 

After the dispersal order was issued, law enforcement began removing the encampments set up on the South Mall and arresting several protesters one by one.

The University of Texas at Austin released a statement regarding Monday's protest on the UT campus:

Gov. Greg Abbott posted about the UT Austin protesters being arrested on X, formerly Twitter. 

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This protest comes after days of protests last week

Almost 60 people were arrested, including a FOX 7 Austin photographer, by law enforcement on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Wednesday, April 24. Charges against those arrested were all dropped the following day.

The protests in Austin are just one of many going on around the country.

At Columbia University in New York, pro-Palestinian protesters encamped in tents were told to vacate by 2 p.m. The warning came after Columbia President Minouche Shafik said the university 'will not divest from Israel' in a statement.

At New York University, police said 133 protesters were taken into custody late Monday. All were released with summonses to appear in court on disorderly conduct charges. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said police officers were hit with bottles and other objects at some of this week’s protests.

In Connecticut, police arrested 48 protesters — four of them not students — Monday at Yale University, after they refused to leave an encampment on a plaza at the center of campus.

At the University of Georgia, police and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrested multiple demonstrators during a pro-Palestine protest there on its Athens campus.