Despite being told to leave St. James Park by the city some protesters in Toronto have decided they would rather stay in the tents, chained up.
In the early morning hours police moved into the park, removing unoccupied tents and trash. The police used loud speakers to ask the occupiers to leave and cited the eviction order that was issued last week and upheld this week by a judge's ruling.
There are those that have chosen to remain in one of the larger tents, called yurts, made into the camp's library. They are promising to remain peaceful but will not leave by any means other than force.
City of Toronto statement:
This morning City of Toronto Police entered St. James Park to remove structures that had been erected by Occupy Toronto protesters.
Further to the court's decision — we are asking for protesters to cooperate peacefully and remove all tents and structures — and to refrain from gathering in the park from 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
The City is willing to assist to ensure the safe and orderly removal of these materials. We are asking for protesters to cooperate and respect the Court's decision.
Our goal today is to remove tents and structures and make the park safe for the enjoyment of all residents. Our intent is to facilitate this peacefully.
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff will continue to be available at the Adelaide Women's Resource Centre to assist anyone who may need assistance with shelter, housing or other supports.
The City has worked to balance people's right to protest with public safety. It's time this came to a peaceful end.
One young woman, a Latino, was placed in a police car during the morning. She has since been released and was at the park by 11:30 a.m. this morning.
The park is open for those who want to continue the movement from 5:30 a.m. until midnight but tents are not allowed.
The movement continues this morning with the live stream showing that there are still many people are at the Occupy Toronto camp. At 11:39 a.m. a wave of police are walking through the park.