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Pro-Palestine encampment remains at University of Toronto despite safety concerns

The University of Toronto says it’s concerned about safety as a pro-Palestine encampment still stands at its downtown campus.

A statement from the U of T issued Thursday followed tents, banners and flags being set up on campus as students continue to call on the post-secondary institution to cut ties with Israel in its ongoing war in Gaza.

That same statement reminded protesters they needed to vacate the encampment by 10 p.m. Thursday.

However, the U of T went on to say that if protesters activities remained peaceful, it didn’t intend to remove them.

Prior to their statement Thursday, University of Toronto leadership provided a separate note to protesters saying while it respects members rights to protest, unauthorized activities like encampments “are considered trespassing.”

This encampment is one of many in Canada, as pro-Palestinian activists have also set up tents at McGill University in Montreal, the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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