Protests erupt at G-7 summit in Quebec

09 Juin, 2018, 19:43 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Protests erupt at G-7 summit in Quebec

Quebec City's historic district looked as though business owners were preparing for a mini hurricane to blow through the cobblestone streets on Thursday, as several storefronts were barricaded with plywood in anticipation of anti-G7 protests. "We are here to protest and we are here to denounce the violence of the neoliberal policies of the G7 members". Up till now the protests have been calm. However, police was present to keep vigil on the protestors. But the police presence in the old city was noticeable - squad cars drove through the area and uniformed officers kept watch at different spots across the neighbourhood popular with tourists and locals alike. Paul said police have also made room to detain people if need be in the main police station of Saguenay.

The amount of detention centers that have been initiated in the Quebec City area in prediction of rallies is provoking human rights group to contemplate about objectives of security forces. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for almost a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star.

A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed.

The protests, involving anarchists, anti-capitalists and environmentalists, were largely peaceful, but there was some trouble and tension between police. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!"

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