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18 NYU students suspended

world Updated: Feb 21, 2009 15:09 IST

New York University has suspended 18 of its students who were protesting against the university officials seeking transparency in the NYU budget.

A disciplinary review, which could lead to their expulsion, is pending against them.

"From the outset, the university made clear to the protesters that they were violating the university rules and engaging in improper activity," NYU spokesman John Beckman said.

The protest, "Take Back NYU!", which began on Wednesday ended yesterday after security officials broke down barricades and removed the students from university cafeteria.

The protesters had barricaded the cafeteria and sought negotiations with the University officials on financial and academic issues to which they did not agree.

Reports here said that four students, who went for negotiations, were ambushed by the campus police. The security then moved in and tore down barricades and removed others.

Protesters complained of 'brutality" while removing them, alleging that some exercising their right of free speech were dragged and thrown to the ground.

Those suspended said they would continue their struggle.

The protesters, among other things, were demanding 13 scholarships for Palestinians, shipping of surplus supplies to Islamic University in Gaza and allowing graduate teachers to unionise.