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Police move on pro-Palestinian protesters at University of B.C. campus

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VANCOUVER — Police have moved on pro-Palestinian protesters at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, with video on social media showing lines of officers advancing on demonstrators rallying at a main intersection.

Video posted shortly after 11 a.m. by an account associated with the protests shows dozens of uniformed officers walking down a main road on the campus.

The Instagram account called “People’s University for Gaza at UBC” had earlier posted an update asking people to gather for a rally at the intersection at 11 a.m.

The person who picked up the University RCMP non-emergency line around midday directed media questions to the university.

A spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department says it was asked to go on “standby” but did not deploy any officers.

Pro-Palestinian protesters have been occupying a sports field on the campus since April 29, the first of three similar encampments to spring up in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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