On Saturday afternoon during an anti-immigration protest, nine people were arrested. A rally was held in front of Centre Block (House of Commons and Peace Tower) by various groups of protesters showing their displeasure at a UN international migration pact which Canada is set to adopt. At the same time, counter-protesters were also on the scene demonstrating in opposition. Above 400 people partook in both the protest and counter-protest. A spokesman of one of the protesters' groups (Quebec far-right group La Meute), Sylvain Brouillette, revealed that about 15 groups were involved in planning the protest aimed at challenging the signing of the UN pact by Canada. Generally, the demonstration was a peaceful one nevertheless nine people were arrested for misbehaviours. Ottawa police arrested a man after an altercation with an RCMP officer and have now been charged with assault of a police officer. A Parliamentary Protective Service spokesperson said that eight others were arrested for trespass notices but have now been released.
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