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Hundreds arrested during oil sands protest

Submitted by on September 26, 2011 – 3:05 pmNo Comment

Hundreds of people were arrested in Ottawa Monday during an anti-tar sands protest on Parliament Hill.

By early afternoon, 60 of the nearly 1,000 people who gathered for the peaceful protest had been arrested, including Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, who boldly told the crowd: “I’ll be one of the ones crossing the line today.”

The Hill lawn was ringed by steel barriers and the steps leading up to Centre Block were blocked by metal fences that protestors, including a number of Council members and activists, crossed illegally.

Arrests were made en masse for civil disobedience.

“Today is one of those sea-change moments against the Harper regimes psychotic tar sands project,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, one of the protest’s organizers.

Despite the open opposition of its policies and severity of the protest, however, the ruling Conservative party downplayed the event and criticized those who gathered for the protest.

Controversial Calgary MP Jason Kenney, minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, took to his Twitter to air his disapproval for the protest.

“Sad to see about 200 extremists on the Hill today who want to kill livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Cdns working in the energy sector,” Kenney wrote.

Approximately 800 people gathered to protest oil sands development in northeastern Alberta and two pipelines planned to ship oil to the U.S. and to the coast of British Columbia.

Police said nearly 200 people in total were arrested during the protest.

Story by Rémi L. Roy; lead photo courtesy of Council of Canadians; Anish Ahuja

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