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Several people were arrested after residents were forcibly removed from a longstanding encampment at a popular park in Toronto’s west end Tuesday, resulting in clashes betwen activists and police. This morning, security personnel hired by the city were at Trinity Bellwoods Park enforcing trespass notices issued by the city on June 12. Toronto police were also on scene to “keep the peace.” Many of the residents, however, chose not to vacate and protested by forming a chain by linking hands around structures in the encampment. Tensions rose after the city put up fences around the park to “safely allow for cleaning.” Encampment advocates were seen pushing the fences down in protest. Police said “several arrests” were made, including one protester who was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting a peace officer and another for assault with a weapon. Police later announced charges against three people. The clashes continued into the evening, some of them unfolding live on CP24. Residents were told that they must vacate the park this morning and were given time to pack two bags of belongings.

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