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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Photos: Emerson and Suffolk students walk-out to demand ceasefire

Students from Emerson College and Suffolk University walked out of class on Jan. 25 to protest and call for a permanent and immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Organized by Emerson Students For Justice in Palestine (SJP), the walk-out was in response to an Instagram post by Palestinian journalist Bisan Owda on Jan. 17 that called for a global strike from Jan. 21 to 28. SJP groups from colleges across the Boston area responded to the call with various walk-outs, protests, and rallies across the city. 

The walk-out began with a couple dozen Emerson students before growing to include a separate group of protestors from Suffolk University. Around 1:50 p.m. the group marched into the intersection at Boylston and Tremont Street, slowing traffic and bringing Tremont Street to a halt. The group did briefly separate to allow a Boston EMS vehicle to pass through. Around 2:20 p.m., the crowd left and marched towards the State House, dispersing shortly after. Along with their calls for a ceasefire, they demanded that Emerson College condemn Israel in its entirety, and that the U.S. government end all aid and funding to Israel immediately.

*Editors Note – To best protect the anonymity of students, The Berkeley Beacon has intentionally blurred all faces from the following images. As our campus’ student newspaper, The Berkeley Beacon is dedicated to upholding the best interests, safety, and trust of the student body.

A college student holds up a hand-painted Palestinian flag in the 2 Boylston Place alley of Downtown Boston, MA on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


Around 1:15 p.m., an Emerson College police officer (left) speaks with a protest organizer while students are filing into the 2 Boylston Place alley. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


A protester in the 2 Boylston Place alley holds up a sign that reads “No genocide on our dime, free Palestine, end occupation.” (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


An Emerson College police officer stands in the 2 Boylston Place alley, ensuring protesters stay outside of a temporary coned-off pathway allowing pedestrians and other students to pass. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


A protester in the 2 Boylston Place alley holding up a sign that reads “Free Palestine, stop colonization” as the crowd listens to speakers. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


Emerson students cheer as another group of protestors from Suffolk University enter the alley around 1:30 p.m. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


A Boston police officer stops in the intersection at Boylston and Tremont Street and observes a large crowd of protesters blocking the street. After the Emerson and Suffolk group of protesters merged, Boston police were called and watched as the group closed down the intersection. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


A crowd of protesters in front of the Massachusetts State House demanding legislatures create a ceasefire resolution in the Israel-Palestine conflict. (Arthur Mansavage/Beacon Staff)


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Arthur Mansavage
Arthur Mansavage, Photography Editor & Audience Development Editor
Arthur Mansavage (he/him) is a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana. He is majoring in Theatre/Design Technology with a minor in Journalism. He has been a staff photographer for the Beacon since November 2022 and is currently serving as the Assistant Photography Editor as well as most recently taking on the role of Website Editor. In February of 2024, he fully redesigned the Beacon's website layout to model the current industry standards. Mansavage is also a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and in November of 2023 received an NPPA Monthly News Clip award for his coverage of the protests during Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Boston. You can find more of his creative and journalistic works on his website here.

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