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Thousands gathered and two arrested at unsanctioned street party in Halifax’s South End

By Joe Thomson Oct 3, 2023 | 10:34 AM

Halifax Regional Police. (SOURCE: Jack Morse)

Two people were arrested Sunday and nearly a hundred students given tickets when about 3,000 Dalhousie University students flooded streets in the city’s South End for an unsanctioned party.

The parties have become a yearly occurrence as the students take to the streets to celebrate “Fake homecoming” seeing as Dalhousie homecoming is next weekend.

However, it lines up with Thanksgiving when many students will have returned home.

In a statement police say it was in the area of Jennings, Preston and Larch streets and extended out to Payzant Avenue. Many were intoxicated, climbing trees, damaging property with fights breaking out in the crowd.

Other reports of public urination have been circling on social media.

Dalhousie has faced criticism over their role in not doing more to prevent the party from happening. People have complained that the school has forced students off campus, but this year the school is hosting a number of events aimed to keep the party confined to the campus. The problem is they take place next weekend.

According to student reports, the school told its students that anyone arrested at a street party like the one that happened this weekend would also be expelled from the university.

The two people facing charges include:

One 18-year-old man was arrested for assaulting an officer and a replica firearm and sensory irritant were seized.

Another 19-year-old man was arrested for assaulting another crowd member.

Police say given the scale of the incident, information is still being gathered.