Sunday, June 17, 2007

Atlantica Protesters Arrested

The protestors mentioned that the media was partly to blame for violence since the media reports that! Perhaps they have a point! More attention is often paid to violent protests than the content of the conference, the real issue. But then if the media just reports the violence and not on the substance what is the point of the violence.

21 charged in Halifax protest
Last Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2007 | 9:59 PM ET
CBC News
Most of the demonstrators arrested Friday in a clash with Halifax police will be kept in custody until a court appearance Monday, police spokeswoman Theresa Brien said.

Two of the 21 arrested were released Saturday. The protesters face counts of unlawful assembly, assault on police, mischief and weapons-related offences after the demonstration against the Atlantica 2007 meeting become a confrontation.

A group of self-described anarchists broke away from the main demonstration and a confrontation developed, with protesters throwing paint-filled light bulbs, firecrackers and rocks at police. Police responded with pepper spray and stun guns to control the crowd.

Two officers and two demonstrators were slightly hurt.

The protesters were opposing Atlantica 2007, a conference run by the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce and the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce to discuss the idea of a trade zone encompassing the Atlantic Provinces, northeastern United States and eastern Quebec.

The proposal was described as an "anti-worker, secret, undemocratic corporate trade deal" in a media release announcing a demonstration in front of Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay's office in Antigonish, N.S., on Saturday.

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