Despite the desire of some protesters to push hard against heavily reinforced police lines at B.C. Place, the afternoon rally went off without any repeat of previous Vancouver riots.
A total of around 1,500 people had gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery around 3 p.m. The march gathered steam as it went down West Georgia Street and then along Richards Street for a block before weaving down Robson Street to Beatty.
The Straight saw one protester dragged away, but no arrests have been confirmed to date. The closest things came to getting ugly was after the sun set and the rains began afresh just before 7 p.m.
Reporters at one point formed a human filling in a police and protester sandwich, especially after a pylon was thrown along with a bag full of marbles.
Police calmly repeated the order, "Move back" with no emotion and engaging no protesters with eye contact. Before the crowd thinned, there were defiant cries of, "Get those animals off those horses," directed at police on horses, and "Fuck you Canada," directed at”¦well, Canada.