Montreal

Student occupation at McGill ends peacefully

The five-day occupation of a sixth-floor office in McGill University's administration building is over.
McGill students occupied the deputy provost's office, protesting a new referendum on QPIRG and CKUT. (Danji Buck-Moore and Andrew Childerhose)

The five-day occupation of a sixth-floor office in McGill University's administration building is over.

University officials called in police early Sunday morning, to help evict students from the James Administration building.

Authorities showed up at the site before 9 a.m. to usher the nine remaining students out of the building.

The students, and their supporters outside were then ordered off McGill's campus.

 

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The sit-in started Feb. 7, when a group of students gathered outside the sixth floor office of McGill Deputy Provost Morton Mendelson and sat down in protest.

They want the university to ratify a referendum held in the fall of 2011 regarding the place of two student groups on campus, CKUT radio and QPIRG, the Quebec Public Interest Research Group.

The university wants a second vote to be held because it found the wording of the first referendum question confusing, according to school officials. 

The protesters were joined by a small group of supporters who held vigil outside the James Administration building during the sit-in. Many faculty members expressed solidarity with the students.

But other members of the campus community spoke out against protesters, using social media to express their dissent.

A Facebook page called "The James 6th Floor occupiers do NOT represent me" attracted about 2,000 supporters by the end of the protest.