September 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Updated: September 30, 2017 5:59 pm

Pro- and anti-immigration protesters face off in duelling rallies near Lacolle border

WATCH: Pro-and anti-immigration protesters faced off in duelling rallies outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station on Saturday.

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Pro- and anti-immigration protesters are facing off in duelling rallies on Saturday.

Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.

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In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.

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In Quebec, about 200 members of Storm Alliance traded insults across a police line with a group of pro-refugee protesters outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station.

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Authorities announced the border crossing, which has been a processing point for thousands of refugee claimants who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border in recent months, was temporarily closed on Saturday.

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