It's been a tough week for Occupy Toronto protesters.
The Canadian cousin of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement had been camped out in St. James Park since October 15. On Wednesday, city bylaw officers dismantled the campers tents while acting on a court order that the camp be taken down. The night before the eviction, one demonstrator (who appears to be the camp's librarian) got emotional as the move day was quickly approaching. He lost it:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday that “The protest is over, and I’d like to keep it that way."
“And if they do go to another park we will ask them to leave immediately.”
The Toronto Star reports Monday that the dwindling group of protesters have set up a new encampment in the basement of a commercial building, and say they will barricade themselves inside until they can legitimately occupy the space. Predictably, residents and neighbors to the building are not thrilled.
"'Residents are simply asking the city to enforce the law and show them the door,' said Danna O’Brien, a resident and member of the condo board at a nearby building.
'We know that wherever Occupy Toronto occupies, it’s not a happy ending,' O’Brien said."
A member of Occupy Toronto’s food team told the Globe and Mail that the group plans to eventually use part of the space to prepare food for the homeless.
It's not clear whether or not there will be a new library.