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Campus protests: Fake corpses placed in University of Michigan official’s home

Mask-wearing pro-Palestinian protesters set up tents and placed fake bloodied corpses in front of the home of a University of Michigan trustee on Wednesday, raising tension at the school.

Sarah Hubbard, president of the university’s board of trustees, said 30 people participated in the 6 a.m. demonstration at her home in Okemos.

“They approached my house, taped a letter to the door of my house and proceeded to put up the tents. “A variety of other things were left in the front yard,” Hubbard told The Associated Press. “They started singing with their megaphones and beating a drum in my otherwise quiet neighborhood.”

She and her husband stayed inside. Okemos is 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Ann Arbor campus.

The protesters left 30 to 45 minutes later, when Meridian Township police arrived, Hubbard said. No arrests were made. Left behind were three tents and fake corpses wrapped in sheets.

Protesters on the Ann Arbor campus have a camp on the Diag, a prominent public space.

The group demands that the university’s foundation stop investing in companies with ties to Israel. But the university insists it has no direct investments and only less than $15 million placed in funds that could include companies in Israel. That’s less than 0.1 percent of the total endowment.

“There is nothing to talk about. “That issue is resolved,” Hubbard said.

In social media posts, a coalition calling for divestment acknowledged the protest and said it would “remain relentless in the fight for a free Palestine.”

“Please stop complaining on Twitter and come to camp to negotiate,” the group said, referring to Hubbard.

The university said the protest at his house was not free speech. “The tactics used today represent a significant and dangerous escalation,” the university said.

School officials have not revealed any plans to disband the on-campus camp, which was created in April.

“We would prefer that they go on their own,” Hubbard said.

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