Last Canadian Occupy protest camp closed

Dec. 22, 2011 at 8:56 AM
Occupy Winnipeg Camp Dismantled
Video News by NewsLook

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The final Occupy protest tent camp in Canada has been closed by police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, based on fire safety concerns, officials said.

Protesters spent 67 days in the city park as part of the Occupy Wall Street financial disparity movement that began in New York earlier this year.

Demonstrators in more than 20 Canadian cities marched Oct. 15 and set up tent cities but all were gradually ordered dismantled, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

"We respect people's right to protest," Conservation Minister Dave Chomiak said. "But when it comes to a situation that the fire commissioner says that it is not safe, it's our duty to protect people."

Manitoba Conservation district supervisor Joe Johannesson told the newspaper hay bales had been set on fire Saturday and there had been other suspicious fires at the camp.

There were just three protesters left in the park when police ordered them out Wednesday. No arrests were reported.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa targeted heavily in airstrikes