Wagswoofs – Several arrests were made on Saturday afternoon when pro-Palestine protestors disrupted a fundraiser at Kinnick Stadium.
University of Iowa Police reported that a group of demonstrators took a strong stance by chaining themselves to the entrance doors at Gates D and E. They vociferously expressed their discontent towards individuals entering the building for the fundraiser, going as far as using U-bolts to secure the exit doors. The estimated cost of the damage caused is between $200 and $300. Furthermore, the protesters demonstrated resistance when faced with arrest. A video shared on X captured the protestors expressing their discomfort and alleging unnecessary force during the apprehension process. Additionally, posts on X suggest that the group was specifically protesting the university’s financial connections with Israel.
Nineteen-year-old Anthony Allou of Coralville, 22-year-old Miriam Daoup of Cedar Rapids, 22-year-old Ella Doolittle of Council Bluffs, 22-year-old Jared Kula of North Liberty, 23-year-old Brian Nilles of Ashton, Iowa, and 27-year-old Arielle Andalon, 26-year-old Clara Reynen, 24-year-old Cassidy Slater-Scott, and 26-year-old Gabriel Sperry, all from Iowa City, have been arrested. The charges against them include Trespassing Causing Damage, Interference with Official Acts, and Disorderly Conduct. If they are found guilty on all counts, they could each face a maximum of 14 months in jail. All nine individuals have been released from the Johnson County Jail.