Pomona Students Uproar: Protest Ends in Suspensions and Arrests over Campus “Apartheid Wall”

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Mock ‘Monument’ Sparks Dialogue

On Friday, protesters at Pomona College gathered to express their discontent over the college administration’s removal of a “mock apartheid wall” erected by students on campus. The installation, meant to symbolize the college’s alleged “complicity” in ongoing human rights violations, was met with objection and eventual removal by the administration.

LA News Center has reached out to Pomona College for comment, but has not yet received a response.

Student Reactions: Outrage and Arrests

According to student activist group Pomona Divest Apartheid, around 20 students were detained during the protest, with 19 facing trespassing charges and one obstructing justice. All detainees were released by Saturday morning.

Video of the protest at Alexander Hall taken by Samson Zhang shows police officers detaining demonstrators and escorting them down a staircase.
Video of the protest at Alexander Hall taken by Samson Zhang shows police officers detaining demonstrators and escorting them down a staircase. (Samson Zhang)

Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr has stated that student protesters declined to identify themselves and engaged in verbal harassment towards staff, including using racial slurs against a college administrator. Subsequently, all students involved, including non-Pomona students from other Claremont Colleges, will face immediate suspensions and be subject to potential disciplinary actions on their respective campuses.

The protest highlights the ongoing debate surrounding racial inequality and social justice on college campuses and beyond. The mock apartheid wall served as a physical manifestation of student dissent and their demand for a more inclusive and equitable campus environment.

As the investigation continues, LA News Center will stay abreast of the evolving situation and provide updates as they become available.