‘Taking it week by week’: Pro-Palestinian encampment at UVic hits 70-day mark

‘Taking it week by week’: Pro-Palestinian encampment at UVic hits 70-day mark
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The encampment at UVic is pictured on July 9, 2024.

It’s been 70 days since the pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Victoria was first set up, and protesters say they’re looking to stay despite high temperatures and other Canadian university camps coming down.

The encampment is one of the only ones remaining at schools in the country. Protesters at the University of British Columbia voluntarily dismantled their camp over the weekend, and last week police in Montreal removed tents and ordered protesters to leave.

Camp members at UVic say they’re relying on community support, shade tents, frozen fruit and nearby air conditioned buildings to make it through the recent heatwave.

They also say they’re hopeful negotiations with the university will result in change.

“We’ll see how long this goes. Obviously we’re feeling the same material stresses that these other universities have felt that caused them to decamp and so on,” said one protester who asked to remain anonymous Tuesday.

“But we’re confident where we’re at now, and we’re taking it week by week or a little more at a time, so we’ll see how things go.”

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The encampment member is pictured. (CHEK News)

Meanwhile, the school says it’s keeping an eye on the encampment, and that it hasn’t grown in size over the past two months.

“The university continues to take a calm and thoughtful approach and remains hopeful for a peaceful resolution,” said UVic vice president of finance and operations, Kristi Simpson, in a statement Tuesday.

An encampment at the Vancouver Island University campus in Nanaimo also remains in place.

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The encampment at UVic is pictured on July 9, 2024. (CHEK News)

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