Occupy Toronto protesters evicted from St. James Park
The Occupy Toronto movement campsite and its supporters were evicted slowly and peacefully from St. James Park following orders from the authorities. There were a few stand-offs and a handful of arrests throughout the day. Canada. 23rd November 2011
A few stand-offs and a handful of arrests later, the Occupy Toronto encampment has all but vanished from St. James Park. It was a long, slow and ultimately peaceful process for the occupiers, police and media involved. Though the physical presence of tents may be gone, this hasn't deterred the movement who are already planning their next general assembly.
Police began checking tents in the early morning hours followed be a large crew of city workers to do the clean-up. Occupiers were given the option to take their stuff. Unclaimed tents and other personal items were bagged and photographed so the owners could identify and pick-up their belongings later.
A couple of areas were barricaded with people chained to the structures. They negotiated with police to either come out or be arrested. In total only about a dozen arrests were made.