May 19, 2021
By Christine Ross
Tensions ran high as the City of Toronto cleared out a homeless encampment at Lamport Stadium Park in Toronto’s Liberty Village, near King Street West and Dufferin Street.
When several dozen City of Toronto security officers arrived, encampment residents and supporters yelled and tore down caution tape that had been put up by the security officers.
Soon after, about 20 police officers arrived and surrounded the tent of a woman who agreed to move to a hotel but several others living at the site say they do not want to leave.
The city says encampments are not safe and camping in parks is not allowed.
Police confirm arrests have been made, but none of them were residents of the encampment.
Witnesses describe violent clashes between police and advocates who intervened but there’s no indication of any injuries.