Court refuses to order dismantling of pro-Palestine encampment at McGill

Court refuses to order dismantling of pro-Palestine encampment at McGill
Court refuses to order dismantling of pro-Palestine encampment at McGill

The solidarity camp for Palestinians in Gaza, set up on the campus of McGill University in Montreal, resisted a second assault in court. On Wednesday, the Superior Court refused the educational establishment’s request for a temporary injunction, which wanted the camp to be dismantled.

The demonstrators, who denounce in particular the deadly bombings by Israel in Gaza as well as the living conditions of the Palestinians there, can therefore remain in their camp of colorful tents.

McGill had filed his request for an injunction on Friday and immediately pleaded it Monday morning at the Montreal courthouse.

His lawyer, Me Jacques Darche clarified that the university did not want to prohibit any demonstration on its property. On the other hand, she is attacking this almost permanent and entrenched encampment on her campus since April 27. The educational establishment says it fears for the safety of its students and staff, threatened by an increase in tensions on campus, but also for the health of those who have been living in the camp for two weeks.

Previously, two McGill students had also filed a request for an injunction to prohibit any demonstration within 150 meters of university buildings. The Superior Court also rejected it on 1er Last May: Judge Chantal Masse was of the opinion that there was no “urgent” situation requiring intervention by the Court. Furthermore, she emphasized in her judgment, the demonstrators did not block access to buildings or classrooms.

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