The pro-Palestinian camp at the University of Sherbrooke will be dismantled on Friday at 5 p.m. | Middle East, the eternal conflict

The pro-Palestinian camp at the University of Sherbrooke will be dismantled on Friday at 5 p.m. | Middle East, the eternal conflict
The pro-Palestinian camp at the University of Sherbrooke will be dismantled on Friday at 5 p.m. | Middle East, the eternal conflict

The pro-Palestinian encampment is living its last hours at the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS). The members of the encampment decided to dismantle it on Friday at 5 p.m. They cite security issues, but also because they feel they are at an impasse with the rectorate. For them, the encampment is no longer the most effective way to make themselves heard.

The official decision was made shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, during a general meeting at the camp.

A few weeks ago, protesters were arguing that they would stay as long as theAccident would not accept their various demands, including recognizing what they call genocide against the Palestinians.

Even though their requests were not all answered, they explain that it was a security issue that made them change course. Around 6:50 a.m. Thursday morning, security agents from the Université de Sherbrooke came to remove several pieces of equipment from the camp, including picnic tables that belong to the school. The agents also removed large blue tarps that covered the camp.

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The pro-Palestinian encampment was covered with blue tarpaulin earlier this week.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Zoé Bellehumeur

Camp co-spokesperson Alyssa Si Ali says the tarps, which belonged to them, were needed to protect them from the sun and rain. With the heat forecast for the coming days, it is impossible for them to stay at the camp safely. We are really being stripped of the conditions that allow us to stayshe laments. All our furniture that we use for living in general has been confiscated by the University.

It is not a decision to leave as such, it is that we were forced unfortunately. For us it is a disguised dismantling.

A quote from Alyssa Si Ali, co-spokesperson for the camp

Students also demonstrated on Thursday afternoon in front of the university security offices.

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Around fifty demonstrators were present on Thursday afternoon in front of the security offices.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Zoé Bellehumeur

At an impasse with the University of Sherbrooke

The university forced it by dismantling our camp, but also by being closed to dialogue.continues the co-spokesperson, Manu Roche-Pilotto. We don’t see what gain we can make with this camp.

Earlier this week, the University of Sherbrooke and the campers accused each other of being closed to dialogue.

The protesters therefore plan to put their energy into other forms of mobilization across the City of Sherbrooke in the coming weeks.

University says it did not request dismantling

L‘Accident declined our request for an on-camera interview Thursday, but via email, assured that she never demanded the dismantling of the encampment.

The university says it asked protesters earlier this week to return some of its equipment, as well as to get rid of equipment it deemed unsafe.

L‘Accident wanted to clarify thatAs an educational institution, it values ​​freedom of expression and academic freedom

The camp had been in place since May 13.

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