Sunday, June 10, 2012

Montreal braces for more protests at Grand Prix

The student protests in Quebec and particularly in the city of Montreal show no sign of letting up in spite of a draconian new law meant to crack down on them. Students and others are protesting the Liberal provincial government's tuition hikes plus the crackdown bill 78.

Yesterday Montreal police made 28 arrests after protesters tried to disrupt parties associated with the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. Business leaders in particular are furious that the races which bring big dollars into Montreal are not given a pass for business as usual.

Police have also arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat targeting the yellow line of the subway that goes to the Grand Prix race. The bomb threat was a hoax but did delay service briefly. Protesters will attempt to disrupt subway travel and hold protests later today June 10. There is a heavy police presence in downtown Montreal.. For more see this CBC article.

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