Video: Vancouver casserole protest brings hundreds into streets
There was hardly a word spoken as several hundred people marched through Vancouver's downtown core banging pots on behalf of Quebec students.
It was one of several so-called casserole rallies held across the country to protest a new Quebec law that cracks down on public dissent. They're modelled on similar protests in South America.
In Vancouver, the demonstration shut down traffic along several major streets, including West Georgia, Robson, and Granville.
Vancouver's protesters could be heard blocks away.
The Quebec law requires anyone putting on a demonstration of 50 people or more to give police eight hours' notice. Police have legal authority to order demonstrators to change their route.
Vancouver's casserole demonstrators march down Granville Street.
The law also carries stiff fines: up to $5,000 for individuals, $35,000 for student leaders, and $125,000 for student unions or federations. It is an offence to encourage anyone to protest at a school.
The law has been vehemently opposed by student leaders as well as many lawyers, academics, union leaders, and environmentalists.
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