Columbia University protest: Calm inside, chaos outside as pro-Palestine encampment continues

Protests at Columbia University continued Monday, and while demonstrators on campus kept things relatively peaceful, chaos unfolded on the streets, leading to several arrests.

The pro-Palestine encampment on the lawn of Columbia University was relatively calm on the afternoon of April 22. For several professors and those who were present during the protests that first occurred in the university’s campus, the civil disobedience was almost like a time portal that whisks its occupants to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, where those planting their feet in the worn grass offer up a “what’s-mine-is-yours” mentality.