Pro-Palestinian encampments: Ontario refers universities to the police | Middle East, the eternal conflict

On the second day of the pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Toronto, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop says she “expects post-secondary institutions to work with law enforcement” and take action. “appropriate measures”.

In a written statement, the minister in Doug Ford’s government maintains that encampments like the one at the University of Toronto constitute a “breach of the law.”

As with any other violation of the law, we expect postsecondary institutions to work with law enforcement and campus security to respond to any incidents of hate or racism, any type of unauthorized camps or occupations, as well as any form of discrimination on their premiseswe can read in Minister Dunlop’s statement.

Without calling on the police to dislodge the demonstrators, as Prime Minister François Legault did for the encampment at McGill University in Montreal, Ms. Dunlop is not ready to tolerate the encampments.

The presidents of colleges and universities have committed to the government to actively work with their teams to implement appropriate measures.

A quote from Jill Dunlop, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities

It does not give details on the nature of the measures to be adopted.

These measures aim to ensure the safety and well-being of the student population, faculty and staff, while ensuring the continuity of learning and the unhindered participation of students in the graduation ceremonyshe explains.

At the University of Toronto, convocation is scheduled for June.

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The situation was calm Friday morning at the pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Toronto.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Myriam Eddahia

University of Toronto “concerned”

Around sixty tents were erected on the lawn of the circle King’s College from the University of Toronto. The encampment had around a hundred protesters on Friday noon, according to the organizers.

The University of Toronto said in a written statement Friday that it is “increasingly concerned about reports of threats, discriminatory language and hate speech, public health and safety issues, trespassing, destruction of property and other illegal activities.

The school repeats that students who violate its code of conduct could be “suspended.”

In a written statement, Jewish group Hillel Ontario said it heard protesters shouting “all Zionists are racists” and saw chalk writing on the ground saying “go back to Europe.”

h […], the University unfortunately chose to acquiesce. Jewish students wonder when the University will act”,”text”:”Despite the administration’s indication that the occupiers had to leave the campus after 10 p.m. […], the University unfortunately chose to acquiesce. Jewish students wonder when the University will act”}}”>Despite the administration’s indication that occupants had to leave campus after 10 p.m. […], the University unfortunately chose to acquiesce. Jewish students wonder when the university will actsays Hillel Ontario.

The group requested an emergency meeting with management, saying the right to protest is “not absolute.”

For its part, the Jewish group B’nai Brith accuses Canadian universities of having “capitulated” to “extremists who illegally occupy their campuses.”

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Erin Mackey, spokesperson for the protesters at the University of Toronto encampment, assures that the movement is peaceful.

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Erin Mackey, spokesperson for the protesters, assures that hate speech is not tolerated at the camp.

She refuses to guarantee that all protesters in the encampment are students, professors or members of the local university community. Many people donate to us and provide us with foodshe simply answers.

The student once again accuses the management of the University of Toronto of ignoring students’ requests for dialogue and their demands for a boycott of Israeli companies complicit in “genocide” and “apartheid” in the Gaza Strip .

Students have the ‘right’ to protest, says Olivia Chow

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow says she “understands the emotions” aroused by the armed conflict in the Middle East and the need for students to “express themselves”, without commenting on possible police intervention.

Ms. Chow recalls that students have the “right” to demonstrate under the Canadian Charter. Provided that it is done without hatred, peacefully and respectfully and without hatredshe specifies.

In the case of the University of Toronto, it is a private spaceshe adds. It is up to the University of Toronto to determine its security arrangement with the police.

With information provided by Myriam Eddahia and CBC News

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