June 18th, 2024

McGill says protesters are occupying administration building, set up barricade


By The Canadian Press on June 6, 2024.

The pro-Palestinian protest encampment on McGill University campus is seen Monday, May 13, 2024 in Montreal. McGill University says protesters are occupying the main administration building on its downtown campus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – McGill University says protesters are occupying the main administration building on its downtown campus.

Pro-Palestinian protesters have been encamped on the campus’s lower field since late April, demanding that the university pull its investments tied to Israel’s military and sever relationships with Israeli academic institutions.

McGill says police and security services are on-site, where protesters have “set up a barricade” outside the building.

Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights McGill, a student group participating in the encampment, says on social media “an autonomous group of students” have occupied the administration building.

In May, McGill failed to convince a Superior Court judge that the situation at the encampment was sufficiently urgent to justify a provisional injunction.

The university said at the time it would try again in court to have the tents dismantled on the lower field of the downtown campus.

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

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