May 30th, 2024

Doug Ford says pro-Palestinian university encampments ‘need to move’

By The Canadian Press on May 6, 2024.

Protesters gather in an encampment set up on the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The University of Toronto says it sees "a way forward" after meeting with student protesters behind a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford says encampments set up on university campuses by pro-Palestinian protesters “need to move.”

Ford says he’s getting messages from parents expressing concerns that their kids will be harassed or bullied because of the encampments, which have cropped up on several campuses in recent weeks.

The premier says some of what he’s seen and heard about the protests is “unacceptable,” and universities need to “move them on.”

Meanwhile, the University of Toronto says it sees “a way forward” after meeting with student protesters involved with an encampment on its campus.

The encampment set up in an area known as King’s College Circle last Thursday has seen protesters call on the university to disclose ties with the Israeli government and divest from Israeli companies.

Pro-Palestinian activists have also set up tents at McGill University in Montreal, the University of Ottawa, McMaster University in Hamilton and the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2024.

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