Police dismantle pro-Palestinian protest camp at University of Alberta

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About 100 students, staff and supporters set up a protest camp at the University of Alberta on Thursday.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Mrinali Anchan

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Posted at 17:47 UTC

Edmonton police expelled a group of protesters who had set up camp on the grounds of the University of Alberta to demand that the institution cut all financial ties to Israeli interests.

About 100 students, staff and allies set up their tents Thursday in a show of support for the residents of the Gaza Strip in the conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel.

Police intervened Saturday morning after the University informed the protesters several times that they were violating university regulations and occupying the grounds illegally, according to a police statement.

The last warning was given around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The officers then asked the protesters to leave the area before evicting them.

In a statement, the president of the establishment, Bill Flanagan, said that most of the demonstrators left the premises on their own after the third warning.

He adds that a escalation of actions taken [par les manifestants] posed a risk to the safety of the university communitywhich prompted the establishment to ask the police to intervene.

Another similar encampment was dismantled at the University of Calgary earlier this week.

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