Pennsylvania’s governor calls for UPenn encampment to be shut down

Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) has called for the anti-Israel encampment at the University of Pennsylvania to be disbanded. 

Shapiro was speaking at an event in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, when he called for the encampment to close. He claimed the protesters had violated laws and created safety concerns. According to local media reports, Shapiro said the situation at Penn had escalated to a point where it was now “unstable” and “unacceptable.”

“Over the last 24 hours at the University of Pennsylvania, the situation has gotten even more unstable and out of control, more rules have been violated,” Shapiro said. 

According to reports, in addition to defying the university’s orders to disband over a week ago, protesters have been particularly unruly recently. Six student protesters were placed on “mandatory temporary leaves of absence,” WPVI reported

The university’s famous statue of Benjamin
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