Friday , December 3 2021

Two arrested as the "yellow-west" march sweeps into Edmonton


About 200 people marched in anger as part of a yellow jacket protest in downtown Edmonton.

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Police say two people were arrested as protesters and protesters collapsed in central Edmonton on Saturday.

It was a heated exchange of rallying screams plus some push before the police moved in to separate the two groups. The two individuals were eventually released at no cost.

They were arrested to "prevent a violation of peace," said downtown staff sgt. Dave Crisp.

The protest originates in France and swept this continent over the weekend. In Edmonton, about 200 people marched with light yellow safety vests from Alberts legislature to Churchill Square, where counter-protesters gathered in support of immigration.

In France, anti-government demonstrations began in mid-November on fuel taxes, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will affect the lower and middle-income housing in the suburbs more than those living in high-urban centers.

The organizer of Edmonton's March refused to speak with reporters and said he was telling the media. He told Postmedia that he was a former member of Odin's soldiers.

Things were relatively calmer in Calgary.

Also in light yellow vests, dozens of kalgaries gathered across the street from the town hall on Saturday when they expressed concern about the direction they feel Canada is going to go.

The hundred odd protesters chanted "Trudeau must go" as they attracted drivers along the MacLeod Trail to base their horns.

A protester, Orion Fike, said he was there to show solidarity with others who stood against the UN.

Fike said that it was important for people to come and protest against what they were.

"Whenever the government is out of control or has passed, I think it's our civil duty to try to correct them – it's part of the process, because if we do not express us, they do not know," he said.

Backed by losing his job in the oil plate, Ricky Strap said he also donned his yellow west in protest against Trudeau.

"I worked in the patch and I lost my job because of (Trudeau)," he said. "I've lost my house, my marriage is suffering … I've been looking for dividends, can not get a job."

Protestants and opponents participate in a rally at Churchill Square on Saturday, December 15, 2018 in Edmonton.

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A handful of members of the anti-immigrant White Nationalist Organization Soldiers of Odin were seen at the protest, as police watched them and others in the audience.

The yellow West protesters originate in France, where the police have used tear gas and water cannons to deter the crowds. So far, eight people have died.

The police put the number in Paris at about 3000, compared to 10,000 a week ago, when protests degenerated again to violence and robbery.

The French press quoted the authorities saying that 33,500 protesters turned out to be nationwide Saturday, less than half of the previous week.

– With files from Clare Clancy and Associated Press

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