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Arrest at Montreal climate strike after protester reportedly throws egg at Trudeau

WATCH: Protester arrested after throwing egg at Justin Trudeau

A commotion broke out during a climate change strike in Montreal after a man reportedly attempted to lob eggs at Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau.

As thousands marched down the street on Friday, Trudeau’s security detail pounced on a man in the Liberal leader’s vicinity.

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In a video of the incident, the man is quickly pinned to the ground by two of Trudeau’s personnel.

Global News has confirmed that the man in had eggs in his hands. RCMP has since confirmed one man was arrested.

Security detail for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hold down a protester carrying eggs as the Liberal leader takes part in the climate strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Security detail for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hold down a protester carrying eggs as the Liberal leader takes part in the climate strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Reports from the scene suggest that several eggs — possibly a whole carton — were visible on the ground.

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Trudeau was not hit by anything.

Trudeau appeared unfazed by the commotion and continued to wave at spectators and greet protesters.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes part in the climate strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau takes part in the climate strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Trudeau joined teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and thousands of Canadians across the country on Friday in the second wave of a worldwide climate change protest. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May also joined the Montreal climate strike.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be attending a climate change march in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will also be in B.C. but will not be attending a climate change event.

Thunberg is the force behind the movement that inspired the global strikes, called #FridaysForFurture.

This week has been dubbed “Week for the Future” and started with a climate meeting at the United Nations on Monday where Thunberg levelled harsh criticism at world leaders over inaction on the climate crisis.

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Thunberg met with Trudeau in his capacity as prime minister ahead of Montreal’s march.

The 16-year-old told Trudeau the same thing she tells all leaders — “Just listen to the science.”

Protests kicked off on Canada’s East Coast at around 11 a.m. local time in St. John’s. Memorial University students, who were granted “academic amnesty” for their absence on Friday, flocked to the school’s clock tower. Many were holding signs denouncing Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil extraction industry.

In Halifax, hundreds of people gathered in Victoria Park for the protest before taking the march through the centre of the city to the Nova Scotia Power headquarters.

Thousands march on the property of Nova Scotia Power during the climate strike in Halifax on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)
Thousands march on the property of Nova Scotia Power during the climate strike in Halifax on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

In Montreal, the massive rally kicked off with a speech by Thunberg and an announcement from Trudeau.

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Thunberg also chatted with Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki after her speech.

When asked about the sit-down with Trudeau, Thunberg said he’s “obviously not doing enough.”

“This is such a huge problem, this is a system that is wrong,” she said.

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

In Montreal, a group of young women carried a sign that said: “We are skipping our lessons to teach you one.”

Others carried signs criticizing Trudeau’s government purchase of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline project.

Demonstrators take part in a climate protest in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Demonstrators take part in a climate protest in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Similar protests also unfolded in Toronto and Ottawa.

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Thousands of protesters flooded the Ontario legislature in Toronto for a climate strike in which activists, including First Nations activist Caroline Crawley, addressed the crowd.

A Facebook event page for the Toronto march noted that a moment of silence would be held for those killed by climate change.

First Nations activist Caroline Crawley addresses the crowd outside the Ontario legislature for the climate strike in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
First Nations activist Caroline Crawley addresses the crowd outside the Ontario legislature for the climate strike in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

 

Protesters gather outside the Ontario legislature for the climate strike in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Protesters gather outside the Ontario legislature for the climate strike in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Young people gather at a climate change protest in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Young people gather at a climate change protest in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
People gather at a climate change protest in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
People gather at a climate change protest in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

In Vancouver, police estimate around 80,000 protesters showed up, but there were no major public safety issues. In Victoria, B.C., fire officials estimated around 20,000 people protested. More than half a dozen cities in British Columbia hosted climate change demonstrations on Friday.

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Protests also took place in Edmonton, Calgary and Regina, though “die-in” protests were held in some of the cities last week.

Earlier on Friday, young people around the world took their demands to the street in places such as India, the Netherlands and Italy.

In New Zealand, more than 300,000 were said to have marched in a climate change protest — more than 3 per cent of the country’s entire population.

— With files from the Canadian Press