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NL news: Pro-Palestinian protesters return to Memorial University

NL news: Pro-Palestinian protesters return to Memorial University
NL news: Pro-Palestinian protesters return to Memorial University

Protesters returned to Memorial University in St. John’s, New York, on Monday, days after police dismantled a pro-Palestinian camp on campus and arrested three students.

According to university spokesman Chad Pelley, students held a protest this morning but have not set up a new camp. No protesters have slept on campus since Friday, when they were forcibly removed.

Protesters camped out on campus for 45 days, demanding that Memorial announce its commitment to divest from “weapons manufacturing, apartheid and genocide.”

Memorial says the operation to remove the protesters is based on a July 2 Ontario Superior Court ruling that ordered the dismantling of a pro-Palestinian camp on the University of Toronto campus.

Memorial said in a press release that precedents from other Canadian courts are “relevant” and are used when legal issues are the same.

In a statement, the protesting students said the university’s measures to dismantle the camp last week were “chaotic, disorganized and showed a complete lack of respect for security.”


This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2024