McGill encampment: Quebec judge denies injunction request to dismantle site

A Quebec Superior Court judge rejected the request Wednesday for an injunction to dismantle a weeks-old encampment by pro-Palestinian activists at McGill University.

mcgill encampment: quebec judge denies injunction request to dismantle site

The ruling comes after McGill filed an application late last week to remove protesters from its campus in downtown Montreal.

The encampment began April 27 amid a wave of similar demonstrations across universities in the United Status over the Israel-Hamas conflict. Since then, dozens of tents have been pitched on McGill’s lower field.

The protesters are demanding McGill divest from companies that they say are “complicit” in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They want the school to cut ties with Israeli institutions.

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In court Monday, McGill lawyers argued that the encampment presents a health and safety risk and is preventing the school from holding convocation ceremonies on its property.

Meanwhile, lawyers representing different groups of activists defended the right to protest. They countered there is no proof the encampment is dangerous and there is no urgent need to remove it.

This is the second time a Quebec Superior Court judge has weighed in on an injunction request related to the McGill encampment.

Earlier this month, an application for a provisional court order made by two students was rejected. Justice Chantal Masse ruled that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that their access to the school was being impeded or that they would be unable to write their final exams.

More to come.

— with files from The Canadian Press

mcgill encampment: quebec judge denies injunction request to dismantle site
1:27 University protests: New pro-Palestinian encampment at Université du Québec à Montréal

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