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Video: Police Clear Pro-Palestine Demonstrators From Amsterdam University Using Bulldozers

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In New Delhi, the Netherlands authorities took action on Tuesday, arresting over 120 individuals and employing bulldozers to dismantle pro-Palestine encampments situated at the University of Amsterdam. The demonstration mirrored protests initiated on U.S. campuses in opposition to Israel's actions in Gaza, resulting in what police described as a "very unsafe situation."

Police utilized batons against protesters who had obstructed roads leading to the university. The authorities justified their actions, citing concerns about the barricades hindering emergency services and potentially trapping activists in the event of a disaster. 

Violence erupted on Monday when a faction of counter-protesters, brandishing flares, disrupted the main protest. Additionally, some students threw stones and fireworks at officers when they dispersed the demonstration.

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Protesters called upon the University of Amsterdam administration to sever ties with Israel due to its military offensive in Gaza. The conflict in Gaza was triggered by an attack on Israeli cities by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,170 individuals.

In retaliation, Israel's offensive has claimed the lives of over 34,000 people in Gaza, predominantly women and children.

Pro-Palestinian protests, which initially burgeoned at U.S. universities, have now proliferated across Europe. Student demonstrations have occurred on at least 40 U.S. campuses, with Columbia University serving as the epicenter of student protests in New York since April 17.

Moreover, approximately 2,000 individuals have been detained across the U.S., with police forcibly dispersing various student sit-ins. Similarly, students at universities in Australia, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria have occupied halls and facilities, demanding an end to partnerships with Israeli institutions.

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