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Protesters unmasked at City Hall

by Archives January 27, 2009

Over 50 masked demonstrators jammed the reception area of Montreal’s City Hall Monday night in an attempt to voice their opposition to a proposed bylaw banning masks at protests.
But any plans of a masked protest inside the upper hall, where citizens can view the council chamber, were dashed when police said anyone wearing a coat, scarf, bandanna or hat would not be allowed in – a move that some protesters saw as an attempt to thin out their numbers.
“I am very upset,” said demonstrator Eric Dinotel-Martin. “This is clearly a method of dissuasion.”
“It’s a method of controlling access,” he said.
Police presence was quite large with riot police standing by inside the Hall.

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