A Palestinian flag in front of tents.

The pro-Palestinian encampment on the campus of McGill University in Montreal currently has around 115 tents, according to the management of this establishment. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-United States / Ivanoh Demers

McGill University will in turn file, on Monday, a request for an injunction to force the dismantling of the pro-Palestinian encampment on its campus in downtown Montreal.

This order would require those occupying the encampment to dismantle it and to give up camping or occupying the University’s downtown campus.indicates the management of this Montreal institution in a press release published late Friday afternoon.

The request for an injunction specifies that the camp unauthorized is growing and currently has around 115 tents, some of which bear the label “ defense gear » (defense equipment), that it is located on private property and that it poses a risk to public health and safety.

The University is further concerned that this could complicate graduation activities scheduled to take place from May 28 to June 4.

A person looks at the tents on campus from an elevated vantage point.

The pro-Palestinian encampment at McGill University has been in place since April 27. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-United States / Ivanoh Demers

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A plume of smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Saturday October 7, 2023.

This order would also authorize the Police Department of the City of Montreal to carry out an interventionadds the University, which specifies that it wants to continue discussions with members of the McGill community who occupy the camp.

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Students grouped under the acronym SPHR McGill (Students in Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights) deplore the action of the University and recall that a previous judicial decision recognized the peaceful nature of the demonstration.

SPVM confirmed that the activities inside the encampment do not contravene any law, which makes police intervention unnecessary”,”text”:”In addition, SPVM representatives confirmed that the activities inside inside the encampment do not contravene any law, which makes police intervention unnecessary”}}”>In addition, representatives of SPVM confirmed that the activities inside the encampment do not contravene any laws, making police intervention unnecessarythey add in a public statement.

McGill chose climbing, denounced a representative of the camp during a press briefing held Friday evening on the site. She deplores tactics of intimidation and repression from the University.

As a Jewish student, I am horrified to see my identity and history of repression used in a court of law to stifle student democracy.

A quote from A representative from Independent Jewish Voices McGill

Even if the Court rules against them, the students have indicated that they will not move until their demands are heard.

Students are demanding that McGill University immediately end investments in companies that support the Israeli government and its actions in the Gaza Strip.

They also want their university to cease any teaching or research partnership and any exchange program with Israel.

Activists in the middle of the encampment carry a banner stating their demands.

Representatives of the pro-Palestinian camp at McGill, on May 10, following the announcement of the upcoming filing of a request for an injunction by this Montreal university.

Photo: Radio-United States

Two weeks of camp

The two students behind the first injunction request accused the main groups responsible for the encampment of create an aggressive, hateful and violent climate on campus and affirmed not feeling comfortable going to university.

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The Superior Court rejected this request on 1er last May. Several situations described are an amalgamation of isolated facts or even little related to the current situation prevailing on campus.the judge wrote in particular.

The pro-Palestinian encampment at McGill has been in place since April 27. Despite several meetings with the management of the University, the discussions were probably unsuccessful.

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