Jan 27, 2009 03:50 PM
Four people were arrested today on charges of assaulting police officers outside Queen’s Park during a rally against the proposed legislation to send striking York University employees back to work.
Toronto police received calls about the demonstration around noon, said Toronto police Const. Tony Vella.
Several police officers, and at least a dozen cruisers from various units arrived at Queen’s Park shortly after, he said.
Two men and two women were arrested on charges of assault, assaulting a police officer, and obstructing police.
Four police officers received minor injuries in the incident, Vella said.
The four suspects were protesters, Vella said, but added he did not know their affiliation to the university. They are being processed at 52 Division headquarters.
During the rally, organized by CUPE local 3903, protesters met outside the Ministry of Labour around 10 a.m. and then marched to Queen’s Park.
Premier Dalton McGuinty recalled the legislature on the weekend to introduce a bill aimed at ending the 12-week strike at Canada’s third-largest university.
The bill is supported by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives but the New Democrats oppose it.
That means the legislation may not become law until Thursday, and students will have to wait until at least next week to return to class.
The union says McGuinty should use the time before the bill passes to restart the bargaining process.
About 50,000 students saw classes cancelled on Nov. 6 when 3,400 teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants walked off the job.
About 5,000 students were able to return this week to attend courses taught by tenured professors under a special deal with the university.