University of Sherbrooke: Protesters will leave

University of Sherbrooke: Protesters will leave
University of Sherbrooke: Protesters will leave

Pro-Palestinian protesters who have been on the campus of the University of Sherbrooke for a month and a half in Estrie will leave the site in the coming days.

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The campers will leave on their own, but are furious with the university management.

Protesters say that about “twenty” university security agents “dismantled” their camp early Thursday morning, around 7 a.m.

When TVA Nouvelles visited, the camp was actually made up only of tents, while tarpaulins, tables, wooden pallets and cement blocks were still there on Tuesday.

According to our information, the campers will leave the site in the heart of the campus on Friday.

Pro-Palestinian protesters denounce an “intimidation tactic” by the University of Sherbrooke and consider that the removal of the tarps now poses a problem for their safety. They were actually using them to protect themselves from the sun’s rays or the rain.

The university insists that it has “not dismantled the encampment.” It recalls in a press release that new regulations had been imposed on the campers on Tuesday and were not respected.

“As a result, this morning, a team proceeded to remove equipment belonging to the UdeS and certain installations posing security issues for campers as well as for the entire university community,” writes Charles Vincent, Director General of the Mobility, Security and Prevention Service at the University of Sherbrooke.

The protesters now intend to make themselves heard in another way and plan to increase the pressure during the fall session.

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