A longtime freelance photojournalist working for The Canadian Press was arrested while reporting on the clearing of an encampment at Toronto’s Alexandra Park on Tuesday.
After issuing trespass notices to residents of the encampment at Bathurst and Dundas Streets in mid-June, city staff, attended by police and security personnel, closed the park early Tuesday, erecting orange metal fencing around the perimeter while they worked to clear the site.
According to a City of Toronto spokesperson, photojournalist Chris Young was asked by city corporate security on “several occasions” to leave the interior of the orange metal fencing, but refused.
Young said he was the only member of the media on site when he arrived at the park in the early morning. The area was not fenced off or manned by city staff at the time, though that changed later in the day.