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.
The Migration Pact
UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration addresses a standard way of handling growing global migration. It features 23 objectives for more humane and efficient treatments of migrants.
The pact has been opposed by federal conservatives with many warning that it could result in Canada’s sovereign authority in making migration decisions being eroded.
Trudeau government defended this by saying the pact is not a legally binding treaty. They emphasized that the document ascertains the sovereign rights of States to promote and protect their different national migration policies as well as managing migration in their territories in line with international laws.
The conference to adopt the migration pact is ongoing in Marrakech, Morocco.
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