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Live coverage: Police move in to dismantle Occupy Toronto site

  • Just a quick summary from the Globe and Mail newsroom: the eviction of protesters from St. James Park in downtown Toronto started in the early hours of the morning. By afternoon, most of the encampment had been disassembled. However, protesters were still present, ignoring a police demand to vacate the park. Other highlights:

    12:53 p.m. ET: Four arrests made by police after protesters removed from tent.

    11:45 a.m. ET Ontario Federation of Labour members arrive at St. James Park to support Occupy Toronto protesters.

    10:45 a.m. ET One woman protester was arrested by police at St. James Park for trespassing. She was later released.

    Prior to the arrests, Toronto police arrived at the site occcupied by protesters at about 05:30 a.m. ET. Police were not in riot gear.

    Police have said there would be no "intervention" so long as there is "movement" - a reference to the tents and other structures, which the police want dismantled. Police also asked protesters to vacate the park.

    Occupy protesters decided to dismantle tents and "re-occupy" at a later time. Police and city workers have been involved in the dismantling and clean-up.

    There has been some resistance by protesters around sections of the park. You can read the Globe's Tu Thanh Ha's summary here: Reporter Carys Mills is now live blogging from the park. Also read Marcus Gee, who has written a column: This is no Egypt
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