Police dismantle pro-Palestinian encampment at Canada’s McGill University | EUROtoday

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McGill University closed its downtown campus on Wednesday as Montreal police descended in giant numbers to assist clear a pro-Palestinian encampment that has been there for weeks.

McGill president Deep Saini referred to as the encampment on the Canadian college, one in every of many who had sprung up on campuses throughout North America because the begin of the Israel-Hamas battle, “a heavily fortified focal point for intimidation and violence, organized largely by individuals who are not part of our university community”.

Under pounding rain, pro-Palestinian protesters carried their belongings off campus, as bulldozers and safety forces dismantled the encampment that had been on the college’s decrease discipline.

“That was officially the last stand. There’s nobody in the encampment anymore,” mentioned protester Félix Burt, 20, standing a block from McGill’s decrease discipline, the place a pile of tents and wood pallets had been what remained of the protest web site.

A Montreal police spokesman mentioned one particular person was arrested on Wednesday for assault on a safety agent.

In Quebec City, Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry informed reporters “it was time” to take away protesters from the encampment.

Déry mentioned the ambiance on campuses has grow to be “toxic”, and expressed hope that issues could be calmer by the point fall lessons start.

Zaina Karim, a McGill pupil who wasn’t contained in the camp when the dismantlement started, mentioned protesters will persist till the college discloses and cuts its ties with Israel.

“This shouldn’t be the tip in any respect,” Ms Karim mentioned.

Campus protesters have demanded the college finish its investments linked to Israel’s navy and cuts ties with Israeli establishments over the offensive in Gaza.

Over the previous few months, college students on campuses throughout North America have constructed encampments, occupied buildings and led protests to name on faculties and universities to divest their endowments from corporations doing enterprise with Israel or which help its battle in Gaza.