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U of M buildings are closed for a third day as the protest camp continues

Buildings along Northrop Mall on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus remained closed for a third day Wednesday amid ongoing protests.

Protesters have set up an encampment at the mall. They call on the U of M to cut financial and other ties with companies and institutions linked to the Israeli military.

Protest organizers said Tuesday they would meet with university leaders on Wednesday to discuss their demands. University officials had previously confirmed that an offer had been made to meet with the leaders of some student groups involved in the protest.

Campus buildings that remained closed Wednesday included the Coffman Student Union, Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Weisman Art Museum and several academic and laboratory buildings. Other buildings on Campus East were only accessible with U-cards.

Monday was the last day of classes at the U. Tuesday and Wednesday were scheduled study days leading up to final exams that begin Thursday.

The closure of the buildings started on Monday afternoon. The university’s decision to close the buildings amid the protests drew criticism from unions representing graduate assistants and employees working in facilities management and food service, who have been affected by the closures.

The unions called the closures “an overreaction on the part of the administration” and said they have resulted in graduate assistants being locked out of their offices and labs. The unions also said some food service workers and custodians are missing wages while buildings are closed.

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