NYC Mayor Argues Violence at Protests Is Caused By “Outside Agitators”

Anthony Quintano from Mount Laurel, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Tuesday, April 23, New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams spoke about the violence escalation in his city in connection to the anti-Israel protests that were taking place in the area. He expressed his belief that the violence was most likely the work of “outside agitators.”

The comments were made during Adams’ regular press conference on Tuesday, where he addressed the recent protests that have occurred at New York University and Columbia University. In his remarks, he called out who he believed to be opportunists, individuals who were specifically using the protests as a means of escalating the tension and fighting against the police. 

Adams told reporters that they could not have outsiders coming in and destroying the city. He added that they believed that some of people involved were latching on to any protest that was taking place. He said he believed that there were a number of people who were just taking these opportunities in order to cause greater violence within the city.

On Tuesday, the New York Police Department announced that 133 people had been taken into custody the previous day following the NYU protests. However, all except four of them were later released with summonses for trespassing grounds, while another four are now facing charges of obstruction and resisting arrest. 

Just days ahead of this incident, over 100 arrests were made at Columbia University demonstrations.

Adams called Monday’s protests “well-concerted,” and questioned the goal of the events. He also condemned any anti-semitism expressed by demonstrators.

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