Pro-Palestinian students camp out at Mexico's largest university

AFP , Friday 3 May 2024

Dozens of pro-Palestinian students from Mexico's largest university camped out Thursday in solidarity with similar protests that have swept colleges in the United States.

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Activists from the Interuniversity and Popular Assembly in Solidarity with the People of Palestine erect a tent in front of the rectory building of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City on May 2, 2024. AFP


Mounting flags and chanting "Long live free Palestine," the protesters set up tents in front of the National Autonomous University of Mexico's (UNAM) head office in Mexico City.

The students called on the Mexican government to break diplomatic and commercial ties with Israel.

"We are here to support Palestine, the people who are in Palestine, and the student camps in the United States," said Valentino Pino, a 19-year-old philosophy student.

Jimena Rosas, 21, said she hoped the protest would have a domino effect and spread to other universities in the country.

"Once people see that UNAM is beginning to mobilize, other universities should start as well," she said.

Dozens of universities in the United States have seen student demonstrations in recent weeks, leading to a violent crackdown by police and attacks by pro-Israeli protesters on pro-Palestinian camps.

Israel has killed more nearly 34,600 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, since October 7.

Israel's siege has pushed more than half of the population to the brink of famine, with people in north Gaza already living under "famine-like conditions."

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