Demonstration Update: Protesters Breached and Dismantled Barriers

April 29, 2024

Updated: April 29, 2024 at 6:30am

Early Monday morning, April 29, protesters from the encampment demonstration located adjacent to GW property breached and dismantled the barriers used to secure GW’s University Yard. This group of approximately 200 protesters from across the DMV, including professional organizers, activists, and university students, have joined the unauthorized encampment on our campus. 

This is an egregious violation of community trust and goes far beyond the boundaries of free expression and the right to protest. The university will use every avenue available to ensure those involved are held accountable for their actions.

We are aware of false reports of an attempted arrest. A GW student jumped over the barricade to University Yard and was being escorted out by GWPD when the breach occurred. No arrest was made.

We remain committed to implementing the safest resolution possible and have arranged for additional security resources to respond appropriately to this escalation. MPD remains on the scene and is monitoring the situation. Despite the ongoing disturbance on University Yard, GW is open and operating with enhanced safety measures. We will release additional details as the situation evolves.