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Harvard shuts Harvard Yard for the week

Only people with Harvard IDs will be allowed in, in anticipation of Gaza-related protests, the Crimson reports.

WBZ reports students at Emerson and MIT have set up encampments.

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So if they allow a tent city so be it but the alley where the Emerson students set up their tents is MBTA and DOT property remove the tents.

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It's Occupy all over again.

I think the fortification lasted more than a year last time they got spooked.

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The perception at Harvard is that they, and potentially all of higher education, are under attack from the right. The episode with Claudine Gay has them running scared. They're battening down the hatches and trying to ride out the storm, and they don't want to attract national media attention with anything like what happened in 1969, when antiwar demonstrators occupied University Hall and were violently ousted by state police.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of Harvard that isn't fenced off like the Yard. There's the Law School quadrangle and the Radcliffe quadrangle, just to name two other Harvard spaces of comparable size.

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Hey Bedbug - where you been? We got your free speech on campus here!

Gonna defend it or not?

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I think this makes sense given the number of outside agitators who are using this opportunity to try to stir the pot and further their own agenda. College campuses are a place for students to share ideas and express themselves. They should not have to deal with outside groups interfering with them.

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I'm old enough to remember that's what Southern segregationists called civil rights activists in the '50s and '60s.

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Outside the Harvard Admin building in the Square was a popular spot for Vietnam War protests and of course the Cambridge Common hosted protests about everything from the British Occupation in the 1700's to whatever the last cause célebre protests was about.

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