A pro-Palestinian encampment erected at the University of Toronto | Middle East, the eternal conflict

A pro-Palestinian encampment erected at the University of Toronto | Middle East, the eternal conflict
A pro-Palestinian encampment erected at the University of Toronto | Middle East, the eternal conflict

After McGill and Ottawa universities, in particular, it is the turn of the University of Toronto campus in the city center to be the scene of a pro-Palestinian encampment.

Demonstrators set up around ten tents around 4 a.m. Thursday on the lawn of the circle King’s College in the heart of campus.

Around 50 to 60 protesters are on site.

Student Erin Mackey, a protester interviewed by CBC, says she wants to show solidarity with the international movement in favor of Palestine in the armed conflict against Israel.

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Around ten tents were set up on the lawn of King’s College Circle in the heart of the campus.

Photo: Radio-Canada

On Sunday, the University of Toronto warned its students in an email that erecting an encampment would be contrary to their code of conduct and would constitute a intrusion on private property.

The circle lawn King’s College had been fenced off in anticipation of the annual graduation ceremony, but protesters moved in anyway.

University of Toronto discusses sanctions

In a written statement, the University of Toronto said respect the rights of members of our community to assemble and demonstrate, within the limits of law and policy [de l’Université].

The establishment adds that protesters must not interfere with students, faculty and staff in their studies, work or research.

Our preference is to start with dialogue. Those who violate University policies or the law may face consequences.

A quote from University of Toronto (written statement)

The University cites, among other things, as a possible sanction the suspensionas provided for in its code of conduct.

Protesters accuse the administration of having ignored their requests for dialogue in the past. They want, according to a statement, that the institution put an end to any investment that supports Israeli apartheid and occupation, as well as illegal settlements, in Palestine.

In New York, police forcibly removed pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Columbia University.

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