June 7, 2018 8:51 pm
Updated: June 7, 2018 11:15 pm

Quebec City G7 protests get underway with a flash and a bang

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Protestors have begun converging on the downtown core of Quebec City, lighting off fireworks and burning flags ahead of the G7 Summit, which begins Friday

Roughly 400 people marched in a peaceful demonstration from Parc des Braves, located about 40 minutes east of the Quebec National Assembly, to just outside the legislature before being stopped by police in riot gear.

Dressed largely in black, many covered their faces and raised middle fingers to the media cameras following the crowd.

They chanted in opposition to a range of matters including economic inequality, foreign policy and in support of more aggressive action on climate change.

At least two people were arrested.

The crowd dispersed around 9 p.m. EST but a significant police presence remained in place around the core of the city into the night.

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Police from three different forces are spread out across the downtown area: the Surete du Quebec is protecting the National Assembly while the RCMP is protecting the media centre across the street.

Quebec City police are in charge of handling the protest itself.

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