Protests are taking place Friday in Quebec City as some of the world’s most powerful leaders gather at a nearby resort for the G7 summit.
The Réseau de résistance anti-G7 has promised a “day of disruption,” according to CBC. Organizers said that they planned to “prevent delegates and media from reaching La Malbaie in Charlevoix-Est, the site of the summit, 140 kilometres east of the provincial capital.”
According to CBC, “The early-morning protest was quickly declared illegal, because the route wasn’t provided to police. After a tense standoff with police dressed in riot gear, protesters gradually dispersed and the road leading to La Malbaie was re-opened.”
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The protest group, which said it was rallying in opposition to racism, colonialism and capitalism, also said there would be “surprises” during the day, CBC reports.
Around 500 people kicked off a series of demonstrations Thursday evening prior to the summit, while protesters made their way from a park in the western part of the city, to the downtown convention center that serves as the media center for the summit.
Protesters marched down the street flanked by police in riot gear, chanting anti-capitalist slogans while donning giant masks and costumes of some of the world leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump.
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Riot police not taking chances as anti-G7 protest moves up Cartier Street in front of Starbucks pic.twitter.com/juY47b3zD0
— Simon Nakonechny (@simon_nak) June 7, 2018
Although the protests have thus far remained mostly peaceful, some demonstrators started small fires and three people have been arrested so far.
Anti G7 protests pic.twitter.com/9XzguTHNbw
— Genevieve Beauchemin (@CTVBeauchemin) June 8, 2018
With @realDonaldTrump warming up for a fight with @JustinTrudeau , anti #G7 protests in #QuebecCity seem rather tame in comparison. However, this is only the first of a number of events that will keep police busy (and in their gas masks). pic.twitter.com/t5sNOXoBKk
— Richard Gaisford (@richardgaisford) June 8, 2018
Anti-G7 protest has reached the QC city convention centre. Organizer says it’s over and people should leave. Says 1,500 people participated. Centre is heavily guarded. #G7Charlevoix pic.twitter.com/J6b74JsUBF
— Jesse Feith (@JesseFeith) June 8, 2018
There was even a festive protest band that accompanied demonstrators are they marched down the streets of Quebec.
— Jaela Bernstien (@jbernstien) June 7, 2018
Some stores started to board up their windows and doors Thursday night in preparation for the protests, just in case the protests turned violent.
Gallery owner Esther Garneau still welcomed potential customers, despite the fact the large, glass window facade of her store was covered with plywood.