Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Quebic City Highway Entrance Blocked After G7 Protesters Set Couches Alight

Quebic City Highway Entrance Blocked After G7 Protesters Set Couches Alight

After a tense standoff between police and anti-G7 protesters Friday morning, officers have peacefully cleared demonstrators and re-opened a road leading to the summit site of La Malbaie.

A group of protesters set fire to couches at the entrance to Highway 440, which leads from Quebec City to La Malbaie, where the G7 summit is taking place.

Quebec City streets tranquil up till now but gearing for G7 protesters.

The confrontation threatens to rupture a body that during its 43-year history has traditionally sought to find consensus on the economy and other issues.

"It's been a while since I wanted to cut my hair", she said, as her brown locks fell to the concrete. "We are here to protest and we are here to denounce the violence of the neoliberal policies of the G7 members".

"We can't establish whether there will be mass arrests or not". However, police was present to keep vigil on the protestors.

"Police are trained to use force with flexibility and discretion".

A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed. "And we will ensure that protesters and citizens and G7 participants are safe".

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"It's the free speech zone here, but we're just preaching in the desert, because in my opinion the G7 leaders won't really come here", said Sujata Dey of The Council of Canadians.

The protests, involving anarchists, anti-capitalists and environmentalists, were largely peaceful, but there was some trouble and tension between police.

Staged by aid organization Oxfam, masked activists posing as G7 leaders mimicked household tasks in order to highlight women's unpaid labour and to push the G7 countries to improve social services such as childcare in order to relieve the burden placed on them.

After the family photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lagged behind to briefly talk with Trump.

"You're going to have the majority of the G7 countries wanting to deal with this, as was the case with the finance ministers when they met in Whistler (a resort municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia)", said Paul Martin, who is also a former Canadian finance minister, in an interview.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing", Trump said.

Frederique Gendron, assistant manager of soap store Lush, said that after speaking with the company's Canadian headquarters in Vancouver, they made a decision to barricade the store and close it for the safety of the employees.

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