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(en) Canada, Quibec, Protest outside youth summit turns violent

From CBCNEWS <nwonline@toronto.cbc.ca>
Date Wed, 23 Feb 2000 10:02:23 -0500


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PROTEST OUTSIDE YOUTH SUMMIT TURNS VIOLENT
WebPosted Tue Feb 22 23:42:21 2000

QUEBEC CITY--A demonstration outside a youth summit in Quebec City 
turned violent Tuesday evening, when protesters lobbed Molotov cocktails 
at police who fired back with tear gas to try to quell the riot. 

 The Quebec government had put more than a year's work into producing the 
summit. It was designed to bring together politicians, business leaders, 
and youth groups to advise the PQ on youth policy. 

 Organizers hoped to kick off the summit with a celebration concert but 
instead were met with an angry demonstration. 

 About 2,000 young people, members of youth groups who turned down 
invitations to attend the summit, gathered outside the historic Grande 
Theatre, waving signs and red flags in a so-called countersummit. They 
came to protest spending cuts and educational policies. 

 Protesters push down barricades. The demonstration began peacefully but 
quickly turned ugly. 

 At one point protesters pushed down metal barriers as police carrying 
riot shields and wearing helmets and flak jackets lined up in front of 
the theatre. 

 Summit organizers and theatre security guards watched from inside as 
protesters pelted the police with snowballs and other objects including 
Molotov cocktails. 

 Eventually police fired back with tear gas and were able to push the 
crowd back. 

 CBC reporter Tom Kennedy and his cameraperson were caught in the middle. 

 No demonstrators made it inside the theatre and police have reportedly 
not made any arrests. 

 Most of Quebec's youth groups agree with the government's summit. And 
even though the protesters are considered to belong to fringe groups, 
they are still making what is for the government an embarrassing point. 

 In the end the concert was cancelled. Officials still plan to go ahead 
with the summit. 

This email has been sent to you by Ujjal Dosanjh
The following is a news item posted on CBC NEWS ONLINE
at http://www.cbcnews.cbc.ca/
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