Winnipeg police say machete, other weapons found at dismantled protest camp

Winnipeg police have charged five more people after dismantling a protest camp on the north lawn of the Manitoba legislature.

Police say the four men and one woman are charged with obstructing a peace officer and occupying a structure in the legislative precinct.

Police had charged seven others Monday after stopping protesters from bringing in large poles to construct a teepee.

Officers moved in Tuesday, made more arrests and dismantled the camp.

Protesters have said there were no weapons on-site and they only had materials to chop wood and build teepees.

Police say they recovered axes, body armour, a spear, a machete and a metre-long club.

The camp was adorned with signs and flags highlighting a variety of issues, from the discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools to COVID-19 restrictions to conflict in the Middle East.

It is separate from an Indigenous-led camp on the legislature's east lawn, which has been ongoing for more than a year and was not the subject of police actions Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2022.

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