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UT-Austin Protests

Gov. Greg Abbott and UT-Austin shift from championing free speech to policing protesters’ intentions

The arrest of dozens of Pro-Palestinian demonstrators since last week has left First Amendment advocates asking who gets to enjoy speech protections in Texas.

A crowd of protesting students march down Speedway at The University of Texas at Austin on April 24, 2024. State police officers march behind them.

Rules and protections

The question of hate speech

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