A few dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators, demanding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, disrupted traffic on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge for nearly two hours Thursday during the morning rush hour.
The small group, which moved street furniture on the crosswalk near the de Lorimier Street exit, prevented motorists arriving from the South Shore from entering the island of Montreal at approximately 6:45 p.m.
The latter had to turn around and return to Longueuil. Montreal motorists were therefore prohibited from using the bridge leading to South Beach.
The demonstrators dispersed around eight in the morning, and the police began clearing the lanes, and traffic resumed around eight thirty in the morning.
Shortly after 7 a.m., a statement was issued by people claiming to be responsible for the demonstration.
Under the slogan “Let’s stop everything for the sake of Palestine,” the demonstrators demand that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. They claim that the status quo exists in the face of what they describe as genocide committed by Israel in Gaza.
Jacques Cartier Bridge is closed! Free Palestine! Ceasefire now!
The Siege of the Jacques Cartier Bridge is happening now! Free Palestine! Ceasefire now! pic.twitter.com/d05wxuNkhn
– Solidarity Without Borders #StatusforAll (@SolidariteMTL) November 16, 2023
On Wednesday, in Vancouver, hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters surrounded a restaurant in Chinatown where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was dining. Dozens of police officers were sent to the scene to control the crowd demanding a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas.
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