Nov 23, 2019

Protesters delay Harvard-Yale football game with sit-in, "OK boomer" chants

Photo: Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP

Protesters stormed the field at a rivalry football game on Saturday between Harvard and Yale Universities, chanting phrases like "OK boomer," and demanding that both schools divest from fossil fuel companies, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: Players from the two teams took part in the game-day demonstration by wearing orange wristbands, the Post notes. Most of the protesters left after 1.5 hours, per the AP, but those who remained on the field were arrested.

What they're saying: Harvard spokesperson Rachel Dane said the university “respectfully disagree[s] with divestment activists,” on how to confront climate change, according to The Harvard Crimson. In another statement, the university condemned the protest.

"We are grateful to the staff members and police officers who ensured the peaceful departure of students from the field [...]The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events."
— Yale spokesperson Karen Pert, per The Harvard Crimson

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42 protesters charged over Harvard-Yale football game sit-in

42 people were "charged with disorderly conduct" after protesters delayed a football game between rivals Harvard and Yale with an on-field sit-in to demand action from both schools on climate change and other issues, AP reported Sunday.

The big picture: Rachel Sadoff, a junior at Harvard, told AP that Saturday's demonstration was a success, with some 100 students leaving the stands to join the 150 organized protesters from both schools. "Law & Order" actor Sam Waterston, a Yale graduate, was among those arrested, per the Connecticut Post.

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Protests paralyze Hong Kong: What you need to know

Hong Kong riot police fire teargas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave The Hong Kong Poytechnic University on Monday.

Authorities say hundreds of student protesters have been arrested at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, but about 100 were defying police orders to surrender as the standoff entered a third day on Tuesday, AP reports.

The latest: The city's leader Carrie Lam said 600 demonstrators had left the campus, including 200 who are younger than 18, AP notes. Dozens of activists escaped from the building by "shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorbikes as the police fired projectiles," per Reuters.

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Championship weekend clarifies football's final four

Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

After three-plus months of chaos, championship weekend brought clarity to the top of college football, and delivered two semifinal matchups that are, at least stylistically, about as good as it gets.

The playoffs: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (+9.5): The Tigers and Sooners have the top two offenses in the country. No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson (-2.5): The Buckeyes and Tigers have the top two defenses in the country.

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