This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
It seems like the Canadian Occupy movement is soon coming to an end. After court’s order, protesters walked back to their homes and several empty camps were removed. Camps in Calgary, Quebec City and Victoria shrank on Wednesday.
In Toronto, police and city officials kept clearing empty camps and other structures to impose eviction orders that protesters had challenged for two nights.
“Our concern is removing structures,” said Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash.
While Toronto Mayor Ford called off the movement, occupy protesters said their protest is far from over.
“It’s unfortunate but it’s no big deal. We’ll be back,” said Brent Hendren as he beat a drum. Protesters intend to reorganize and arrange another camp, he said – perhaps even in the same spot, at St. James Park. “This isn’t the end of anything.”
In Edmonton, Melcor Developments said Wednesday it has rejected a list of eight demands Occupy Edmonton protesters want met before willingly parting the Melcor-owned lot where they have been camped since Oct. 15.
“The demands stated in your letter are not matters within Melcor’s control, and we do not believe that they are intended to achieve any possible outcomes in the matter of this occupation,” Melcor wrote in their statement.
The City of Montreal was likely to hand out notices to Occupy protesters late Wednesday “to remove installations on public property and respect the opening and closing hours of the park,” according to city spokesman Gonzalo Nunez.
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