Protests erupt at G7 in Canada

Protesters burn US and UK flags in Quebec.
Protesters burn US and UK flags in Quebec. Photo credit: Reuters

Canadian police have peacefully cleared demonstrators and reopened a road leading to the Group of Seven summit site in Quebec after a tense standoff between police and protesters.

Police in riot gear declared the protest illegal a few minutes after it began and encircled about 100 protesters who had blocked a road leading to the small town north of Quebec City where G-7 leaders are gathering for a two-day summit.

Protesters chanted anti-capitalist slogans and marched in the street, blocking traffic and vowing to disturb the 44th annual summit of the countries representing the majority of global wealth.

The crowd remained defiant and stood their ground in the middle of an intersection with officers in riot gear blocking them at every corner and helicopters flying overhead.

Protesters said they achieved their goals of shutting down Quebec City after the legislature was closed down on Friday and many businesses decided to shut their doors.