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Two arrested as 'yellow-vest' march sweeps into Edmonton



About 200 people marched in anger as part of a yellow jacket Protest in downtown Edmonton.

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Police say two people were arrested as Protesters and counter-protesters clashed in downtown Edmonton on Saturday.

It was a heated exchange of rallying cries plus some pushing before police moved in to separate the two groups. The two individuals were eventually released without charges.

They were arrested to "prevent a breach of the peace," said downtown Staff Sgt. Dave Crisp.

The Protest originated in France and swept onto this continent over the weekend. In Edmonton, about 200 people wearing bright yellow safety vests marched from the Alberta Legislature to Churchill Square, where counter-protesters gathered in support of Immigration.

In France, anti-government demonstrations began in mid-November over fuel tax hikes, which are meant to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions but will affect lower- and medium-income residents than those who live in highly-urban centers.

The Organizer of the Edmonton March refused to speak to Reporters, saying he was distrusted by the media. He told Postmedia he was a former member of the Soldiers of Odin.

Things were relatively quiet in Calgary.

Also in bright yellow vests, dozens of Calgarians gathered across the street from city hall Saturday as they expressed concern over the direction they feel Canada is going.

The Hundred-Odd demonstrators chanted "Trudeau must go" as they enticed drivers along MacLeod Trail to Honk their horns.

One protester, Orion Fike, said he was there to show solidarity with others standing against the United Nations.

Fike said it was important for people to be able to come and protest the way they were.

"Anytime the government steps out of line or has overreach, I think it's our civil duty to try to correct them – it's part of the process, because if we do not express ourselves then they do not know," he said.

Upset by losing his job in the oil patch, Ricky Strap said he was also donned his yellow vest in Protest of Trudeau.

"I was working in the patch and I lost my job because of (Trudeau)," he said. "I lost my house, my marriage is suffering … I've been looking for handouts, can not get work."

Protestors and counter protestors take part in a rally at Churchill Square on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Edmonton.

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Soldiers of Odin were seen at the protest by a handful of members of the anti-Immigration White Nationalist organization, as police kept a close eye on them and others in the crowd.

The yellow vest protests originated in France, where police have been using tear gas and water cannons to deter crowds. So far, eight people have died.

Police put the number in Paris at around 3,000, compared to 10,000 a week ago, when protests degenerated again into violence and looting.

The French press quoted authorities as saying 33,500 protesters turned out Nationwide Saturday, less than half the number of the previous week.

– With files by Clare Clancy and the Associated Press


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