More pro-Palestinian protest camps emerge at Canadian universities

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More pro-Palestinian protest camps emerge at Canadian universities

Hundreds of students and faculties set up an encampment at the University of Toronto on Thursday as a wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations at North American universities continued to spread, reported Xinhua.

The latest protesters on the campus of the University of Toronto have been told they have to leave by 10 p.m. (0200 GMT Friday) but they are staying onsite.

If the protesters' activities remain peaceful, it does not intend to remove them from campus this evening, the university said in a statement released earlier.

"The Toronto Police Service is monitoring the protest. Please encourage others to remain peaceful … Hate speech, threats, and other discriminatory language or behaviour do not constitute peaceful protest," it said.

In Canada, encampments started with 20 tents at the McGill University in Montreal on Saturday. University of British Columbia in Vancouver followed on Monday and tents appeared on the campus of the University of Ottawa on Tuesday. Protesters began setting up tents on Wednesday at three other universities, namely Western University in Ontario, University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University.

The protesters are demanding that their schools divest from companies with business ties to Israel.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said that the encampment must be taken down. "It's an illegal encampment," Legault said, "I expect police to dismantle these encampments."

Previously the McGill University declared the encampment on its campus illegal, saying that the growing encampment violated the university's policies and the law.

Meanwhile, a Quebec judge rejected an injunction request from two students at the McGill University to move a protest camp further away from school buildings, citing limited evidence of potential harms to students if the encampment remained in place, local media reported.


  1. SarahSmith123 says

    I believe that peaceful protests are a fundamental right and an essential way to bring attention to important issues. It’s commendable to see students and faculties coming together to support the Palestinian cause. As long as the demonstrations remain non-violent, they should be allowed to continue their advocacy at the universities. It’s crucial for voices to be heard and for pressure to be put on institutions to review their investments and business ties. Let’s hope for a peaceful resolution to this situation.

  2. EmmaSmith123 says

    It’s impressive to see the solidarity among Canadian universities in support of the Palestinian cause. As long as the protests remain peaceful, I believe the students have the right to express their demands for divestment from companies with ties to Israel. Let’s hope for a peaceful resolution to this important issue.

  3. SaraSmith says

    Do the universities have specific guidelines on how long the protest camps can remain before they are required to disband?

    1. JohnDoe says

      Yes, the universities usually have guidelines regarding the duration of protest camps on campus. If the protests are peaceful and do not disrupt regular activities, they may allow the camps to remain for a certain period. However, if there are any violations or disturbances, the authorities may intervene to disband the camps.

  4. Emily_R says

    Are these pro-Palestinian protest camps causing any disruptions to the regular campus activities at the University of Toronto?

  5. EmilySmith_24 says

    Considering the ongoing pro-Palestinian demonstrations, it’s vital that the right to peaceful protest is respected. Encampments are a powerful way to raise awareness and demand change. Let’s hope authorities handle the situation with care and respect for freedom of expression.

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