rise and shine bitches. reporting from Lamport Stadium, we got cops, we got media, we got coffee https://twitter.com/ESN_TO/status/1417766530050404352
Holy shit someone in the camp started playing the Imperial March from Star Wars as the cops all paraded in
About to link arms so may not have a free tweeting hand
There's an encampment press conference scheduled for now, not sure if it's going ahead
Press conference is going on, however I'm too far away to really follow. Some of my neighbours arrived!
They are setting a fence up around us (the orange metal things on the ground are fence supports).
I'd Rather Be Taking Macro Photos of the Bugs On This Burdock
Fence going up now
Lol the CBC van (parked inside the perimeter) is getting towed
We're all media now https://twitter.com/ESN_TO/status/1417814966581739521
Getting some iNatting in
(lol j/k did not actually submit this)
Apparently they're not allowing food and drink to be handed over the fence now (some coolers of supplies were just delivered). Source: some guy with armband
Had a hamburger (there is a barbecue). However organizers are also going around offering sandwiches, drinks, etc.
Cops also periodically going through filming people/stuff on their phones
Since nothing going on right now, story (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/07/21/city-workers-begin-removal-of-encampment-at-lamport-stadium.html) and some background:
Toronto's shelter system is perennially underfunded, above capacity, and unsafe, and the actually affordable/supportive housing supply is dwindling. since the pandemic started, many ppl have taken to living outside in tents instead. The City has responded by cracking down on encampments, suing a maker of tiny shelters, etc. +
Groups like the Encampment Support Network (https://www.encampmentsupportnetwork.com/) have sprung up to support encampments and meet people's needs, as the city is not providing water, sanitation, etc. They also organize actions like this.
This is just the latest in a long series of increasingly (para)militarized and violent encampment clearings. One at Trinity-Bellwoods was widely reported on: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2021/06/23/toronto-shows-its-ugly-brutish-side-in-clearing-of-trinity-bellwoods-encampment.html
Police/corporate security now telling us we are trespassing and if we don't leave we may be arrested.
Video of this from Des: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole/status/1417835951578025990
Some great photos from Martin Reis https://twitter.com/BikeLaneDiary/status/1417841044742365187
If you are in the Liberty Village area, please do stop by and say hi from the other side of the fence
Another load of water and food arrived. Despite the gate a few metres away everything has to be thrown over the top of the fence.
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