close
close

University of Guelph urges protesters at pro-Palestinian camp to leave to avoid possible legal action

University of Guelph urges protesters at pro-Palestinian camp to leave to avoid possible legal action
University of Guelph urges protesters at pro-Palestinian camp to leave to avoid possible legal action

The University of Guelph is officially asking students in the pro-Palestinian camp on campus to leave or face legal action.

Last weekend, staff delivered a letter to protesters “in a last-ditch effort to peacefully end the camp.”

“The letter requested a peaceful and voluntary dismantling of the camp, similar to recent activities at the University of Toronto, Western University and the University of Waterloo, by 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2024,” a statement from the school said.

The camp, set up nearly 50 days ago, follows similar student movements at other Ontario universities, which included demands that the school divest from Israeli companies that profit from the conflict in Palestine.

“If participants in the camp voluntarily disband, the university will not take disciplinary action against any student or employee who participates. However, if a student or employee uses violence, destroys property, builds barricades, enters buildings without permission, harasses or discriminates, he or she will be held accountable,” the university said.

Members of the camp responded to the school’s request Monday, saying in a press release that U of G’s latest move was “another demonstration of bad faith.”

“People’s Plaza for Palestine believes it is unrealistic to dismantle safely in this timeframe and refuses to meet the unrealistic expectation of adhering to arbitrary deadlines set by the government under threat of legal action,” they added.

The students have also announced a press conference for Monday afternoon.


More to come.