Far-right groups protest refugee arrivals in Montreal

Far-right groups protest refugee arrivals in Montreal
Far-right groups protest refugee arrivals in Montreal

A heavy police presence was on hand for the demonstration by far-right groups. Meanwhile, a pro-refugee caravan is on its way to St-Bernard-de-Lacolle

Presse Canadienne

Updated: July 1, 2018

Members of right-wing group Storm Alliance hold a demonstration near the Canada-USA border at Lacolle, south of Montreal Saturday May 19, 2018. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 60709 - 2466 John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Far-right protesters gathered Sunday in front of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s offices at the corner of St-Antoine and Peel Sts. in downtown Montreal.

About 200 members of the groups La Meute and Storm Alliance demonstrated on St-Antoine St. after exiting from the building at 1000 de La Gauchetière a little after 1 p.m., shouting slogans and uttering wolf howls.

A large police presence was on hand for the event and St. Antoine Street was closed between Mansfield and Peel Sts.

The demonstration was to protest against refugee claimants who cross the Canadian border by a back road.

The organizations denounced the migrants as “illegal”, even though they are not deemed to be so  under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Left-wing, pro-refugee groups plan to demonstrate in Valois Park in Montreal’s east-end on Sunday afternoon.

In the meantime, a welcome caravan for migrants is expected to arrive in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, near the American border, on Sunday.

The caravan, which left Montreal on Friday, has been making stops in communities along the way to send the message to migrants that they are welcome in Canada, while sensitizing local residents to the refugees’ plight.

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