Socialist group rushes to defense of arrested students, issues 'demands' to university
- The Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter at Texas State University is defending the four students who were arrested earlier this week.
- One of the four students appeared during a press conference held by the YDSA in response to the arrests.
After four students were arrested Wednesday at Texas State University, the Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter at the school began to protest by holding a sit-in as well as a press conference during which one of the four people arrested spoke.
"Students occupying LBJ have decided not to leave at midnight, are now hunkering down for the night. We WILL NOT be silenced," the Texas State chapter tweeted Thursday.
In a separate tweet Friday, the group tweeted a photo of a protester holding a sign that read "no cops on campus."
The YDSA chapter later hosted what was billed as a press conference, during which 20-year-old Nazarene Freeman spoke and identified as one of the four people who was arrested Wednesday. According to KTBC-TV, 22-year-old Tyvonte Davis-Williams, 22-year-old Alejandra Navarrete, and 24-year-old Claudia Gasponi were the other three who were arrested.
The YDSA also released a list of demands for the university via Twitter, including "mandatory sensitivity training for University Police" and "the addition of a cultural diversity requirement to the general core curriculum."
The #TXSTSITIN2 has entered it's second day on the 4th floor of LBJ. Despite numerous attempts by admins to threaten and intimidate students into abandoning the cause they show no signs of giving in. We will not be silenced. pic.twitter.com/dQ9l9EK30y— YDSA @ TXST ?? (@TXSTYDSA) May 3, 2019