McGill denounces protest that involved vandalism, alleged assault; Montréal mayor calls for change


McGill University has denounced a pro-Palestinian protest that occurred Friday night that resulted in vandalism on campus, an alleged assault on a campus security guard, and a confrontation with police, reports the Montréal Gazette. “It should be clear to everyone that attacks on people and property do not represent the legitimate exercise of anyone’s rights to free expression or assembly,” stated McGill President Deep Saini. CTV News reports that Montréal police deployed tear gas to disperse the crowd of protesters and arrested a 66-year-old man. While Saini expressed hope that the city police would also “act swiftly” to remove the encampment on McGill’s campus, Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante asserted that she expected McGill to “revise their strategy” in light of other institutions finding a peaceful solution.

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