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Date of Incident: May 09, 2024

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Confluence University of Science and Technology

On May 9, 2024, unknown gunmen abducted more than 20 students from their classrooms at the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH). The Kogi Police Public Relations Office stated that 14 of the kidnapped students were rescued four days later, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 04, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of Virginia

On May 4, 2024, Virginia state police forcibly arrested 25 protesters, including 12 students and four employees, who were participating in a peaceful pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Virginia (UVA). The arrests took place six months after a Hamas attack ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 02, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of California, Los Angeles

On May 2, 2024, police officers, primarily from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), forcibly dispersed a pro-Palestinian student encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), using flashbang grenades and rubber bullets. Over 200 protesters were arrested. Students affiliated ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution | Violence

Date of Incident: April 30, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of California, Los Angeles

On the night of April 30, 2024, a group of pro-Israel counterprotesters attacked a pro-Palestinian encampment that had been established on the campus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The violence continued for around three hours before police ...

Attack Types: Violence

Date of Incident: April 29, 2024

Region & Country:Europe | France

Institution(s):Sorbonne University

On April 29, 2024, police forcibly removed pro-Palestinian student protesters who had established a tent encampment and were peacefully protesting at Sorbonne University. Approximately 50 students set up tents in a courtyard on campus around noon, and began to chant and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: April 27, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Washington University, Saint Louis

On April 27, 2024, police arrested around 100 people, including 23 students and four university employees, at a pro-Palestine protest at Washington University (WashU) in Saint Louis. The arrests took place six months after a Hamas attack on Israel on October ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: April 25, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Indiana University - Bloomington

On April 25 and 27, 2024, police arrested 56 protesters, including students and faculty members, at a pro-Palestinian encampment on the campus of the Indiana University (IU) at Bloomington. The arrested students and faculty members were banned from campus for ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Loss of Position | Violence

Date of Incident: April 24, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of Texas-Austin

On April 24, 2024, local police and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers arrested 57 people at a peaceful pro-Palestine demonstration organized by the University of Texas Austin’s (UT-Austin) Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) on the university’s campus. The arrests took ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Violence

Date of Incident: April 24, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of Southern California

On April 24, 2024, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested 93 people, including 51 students, at a Gaza solidarity encampment in the University of Southern California’s (USC) Alumni Park. Demonstrators set up tents in Alumni Park during the early morning hours ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: April 23, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of South Carolina

On April 23, 2024, police arrested two University of South Carolina (USC) students after they had left a Gaza solidarity protest inside the student union building on campus. On the night of April 23, around a dozen students gathered inside the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution