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Bolling: VCU Was Right to Hold Protesters Accountable

The Richmond Times-Dispatch used to be one of Virginia’s most conservative newspapers. These days, it is anything but conservative.

Witness this editorial in today’s RTD that takes Virginia Commonwealth University to task for breaking up recent protests over the Israeli war in Gaza: Editorial: VCU should embrace peaceful dissent, not send in the riot police [1].

I don’t understand how supposedly educated people have such a hard time understanding basic facts.

When you violate the university’s policies regarding the establishment of encampments, and you fail to disperse when ordered to do so by law enforcement, you are no longer engaging in a peaceful protest. You are violating the law and the university not only has the right, but the responsibility, to hold you accountable.