The UT Dallas students are pro-Palestinian

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RICHARDSON, Texas — Pro-Palestinian protestors launched an encampment at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Richardson on Wednesday morning.
This is the first encampment at a North Texas university but not the first protest.
University of North Texas students staged a protest without incident Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Austin, police moved in on University of Texas protesters Monday who were attempting to set up an encampment on the South Mall.
After last Tuesday’s sit in, UT Dallas President Richard Benson agreed to meet Friday to discuss student’s demands.
The meeting ended as representatives from SJP walked out after delivering a letter containing the students demands, according to the release.
Beyond divesting from corporations linked to Israel and the war, the students demanded UTD reject a recent executive order signed by Gov.
Greg Abbott that the group says targets pro-Palestinian protestors and release a public statement calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

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RICHARDSON, Texas—On Wednesday morning, pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up camp at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Richardson.

By 8 a.m. me. A press release from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) states that protestors have set up barricades and multiple tents in UTD’s Chess Plaza, calling it the “Gaza Liberation Plaza.”. A ten-hour sit-in in a UTD administration building wing was previously organized by the same group on Tuesday, April 23.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are among the defense contractors that the group is urging the UTD administration to divest from due to their connections to Israel and the Gaza War.

Although this is the first protest, it is the first encampment at a university in North Texas. Students from the University of North Texas conducted a peaceful protest on Tuesday. In the meantime, protesters from the University of Texas who were trying to establish an encampment on the South Mall were being attacked by police on Monday in Austin.

Following the sit-in on Tuesday, Richard Benson, the president of UT Dallas, consented to a meeting this Friday to talk about the demands of the students. Officials from SJP delivered a letter with the demands of the students, and after that, the meeting ended with representatives leaving.

In addition to shunning companies associated with Israel and the conflict, the students insisted that UTD disregard a recent directive issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, whom the group claims targets demonstrators who support Palestine, and issue a public statement advocating for an ongoing ceasefire in Gaza.

By 8 a.m. m. Not many police officers were at the encampment on Wednesday morning.

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