Saturday, January 10th, 2009
January 10, 2009
Thousands of Canadians joined demonstrators around the world Saturday in a series of heated protests against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, with scuffles and arrests reported in several European cities.
Outside the Israeli Consulate in Toronto, police estimated about 2,000 people gathered in frigid weather to condemn the Israeli attacks, while a smaller group of pro-Israeli demonstrators made their presence known behind a police barricade.
In Montreal, about 1,000 marched in a protest organized by several large labour federations in support of the Palestinian people of Gaza. A crowd set at least one Israeli flag on fire.
In Vancouver, hundreds of people gathered in the pouring rain in front of the city’s art gallery, where the protest spilled on to a downtown street and stopped traffic.