Kingston, Ont. – Police in Kingston, Ont. Students battling parties in the city’s university district on Saturday crowded the streets for the second weekend in a row.
Last weekend, police estimated that 8,000 people were in attendance at the festival to celebrate homecoming. He was given more than 100 tickets and three criminal charges of obstruction for hosting or attending nuisance parties over the weekend.
Police said on Monday they were ready for additional parties to “fake homecoming” this weekend, and called on officials in the Toronto, Durham and York areas and other municipalities, including Belleville, to help.
Police said they expected a crowd of up to 16,000 this weekend. However, since Saturday afternoon, the estimate remained much lower than that projected figure. Police told CP24 that in the afternoon the crowd on Aberdeen Street swelled to around 4,000 people. A Kingston police officer was reportedly injured and taken to Kingston General Hospital.
Between 2:30 and 3 p.m., police announced rioting parties raging on Aberdeen and Earl Streets. Anyone living in the area will be fined $2,000.
The City of Kingston said several roads had been closed for police and bylaw operations.
Kingston Police said they and officers from other police forces would remain in the University District through the afternoon and evening. The riotous party announcements were dropped after 5 pm after the streets were deemed to be clean.
–With files from Kimberly Johnson of Granthshala News Ottawa and Jenny Llewellyn of CP24.