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The state of the student protests in support of Palestinians

Austin Police Department officers arrest a protester at UT Austin on April 29, 2024.  79 protesters were arrested at UT, including all participants of the "encampment." (Naina Srivastava, The Daily Texan)
Austin Police Department officers arrest a protester at UT Austin on April 29, 2024. 79 protesters were arrested at UT, including all participants of the "encampment." (Naina Srivastava, The Daily Texan)

Protests around Israel’s war in Gaza continue to rock university campuses across the country.

Many institutions, including Columbia where the protests began, have canceled their main commencement ceremonies or scaled back their plans.

Police have broken down tent encampments on quads and cleared out protesters holed up in buildings. Hundreds of students have been arrested or suspended.

Where do the protests now stand? And what do students make of universities’ response to them? We talk to a journalist in Austin who’s followed protests at University of Texas at Austin for months.

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Michael Falero is a radio reporter, currently covering voting and the 2020 election. He previously covered environment and energy for WFAE. Before joining WFAE in 2019, Michael worked as a producer for a number of local news podcasts based in Charlotte and Boston. He's a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop intensive on Cape Cod and UNC Chapel Hill.