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Pro-Palestinian protesters return to NL campus after camp dismantled

Pro-Palestinian protesters return to NL campus after camp dismantled
Pro-Palestinian protesters return to NL campus after camp dismantled

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Protesters returned to Memorial University in St. John’s, NL on Monday, days after police responded to a pro-Palestinian camp on campus and charged three students.

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Protesters returned to Memorial University in St. John’s, NL on Monday, days after police responded to a pro-Palestinian camp on campus and charged 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. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said at the time that it was assisting campus security by removing three protesters from the arts and administration building.

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.

The Canadian Press