Thursday, Nov 12th, 2009
Prince Charles’s official visit to Canada has been marred by anti-monarchy protests as a group of Quebec nationalists clashed with riot police during a demonstration in Montreal.
The group staged a sit-in protest outside the regimental hall of the Black Watch of Canada last night. More than 100 protesters held a demonstration as Charles, who is colonel-in-chief of the regiment, was due to present new regimental colours. The arrival of the prince and Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, was delayed by 40 minutes as police cleared the streets.
Waving the provincial flag of Quebec and anti-royal placards, protesters chanted “Majesty go home” and the independence call “The Quebecois in Quebec”. Some of the group threw eggs at soldiers leaving the regimental hall before police arrived.
A Canadian riot unit was called and began forcing the group away from the hall’s entrance but scuffles broke out as demonstrators clashed with officers carrying shields and batons. The protesters were eventually pushed down a side road and the prince – dressed in full military uniform complete with beret and sporran – and duchess were able to enter.
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This article was posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 11:27 am