McGill encampment: Quebec judge rejects request for injunction to destroy site

A Quebec Superior Court judge on Wednesday rejected a request by pro-Palestinian activists for an injunction blocking the demolition of a weeks-old camp at McGill University.

The decision comes after McGill filed an application last weekend to remove protesters from its premises in downtown Montreal.

The encampment began on April 27, amid a wave of similar demonstrations at universities in the United States over the Israel–Hamas conflict. Since then, dozens of tents have been pitched on the lower grounds of McGill.

Protesters are demanding McGill’s separation from companies they say are “complicit” in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. They want the school to sever ties with Israeli institutions.

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In court Monday, McGill’s lawyers argued that the camp poses a health and safety threat and is preventing the school from holding graduation ceremonies on its property.

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Meanwhile, lawyers representing various groups of activists defended the right to protest. He countered that there is no evidence that the encampment is dangerous and there is no urgent need to remove it.

This is the second time a Quebec Superior Court judge has considered an injunction request related to the McGill camp.

earlier this monthThe application for a provisional court order made by two students was rejected. Justice Chantal Massey ruled that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that their access to school was being disrupted or that they would be unable to take their final exams.

more to come.

, With files from The Canadian Press

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