Anti-G7 activists plan full day of protest in Quebec City, comedy show at night
Anti-G7 activists planned a full day of protests in Quebec City Saturday, including a large march through the streets of the historic old quarter as well as a nighttime show featuring popular comedians.
Members of the African diaspora in Canada were oping to grab some attention with a late morning protest outside the National Assembly denouncing the invitation to the G7 of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whom they accuse of war crimes.
Activists were to hold what they called an "alternative G7'' outside the legislature beginning around noon, followed by a large protest march including members of labour unions and at least one Quebec provincial politician, Amir Khadir from the left-wing Quebec solidaire.
Since Thursday, anti-G7 protesters have taken to the streets in a series of public stunts and actions, but their largely peaceful demonstrations have contrasted in grandeur with the millions of dollars spent on security for the summit.
The two-day meeting is nowhere near the protests, taking place about 120 kilometres to the northeast of Quebec City in the Charlevoix region.
At most, a few hundred people took part in the largest march so far, held Thursday night, which ended peacefully and with three people arrested.