MONTREAL — Loud and proud, protesters in the thousands marched peacefully through Montreal’s downtown core Saturday afternoon to voice a single demand — withdrawal of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values by the Parti Québécois minority government.
Organizers said the event drew at least 40,000.
Montreal police, who keep track of such turnouts and were able to abundantly hone that technique during the Red Square era, stuck to a policy of not releasing any crowd estimates.
Imam Salam Elmenyawi, head of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said he was “delighted” by both the heft and the upbeat tone of the protest.
From his position at the head of the march after it reached Place des Arts, trailed by a jam-packed crowd along de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., he declared “there are still people coming out of Berri” St., the Place Émilie-Gamelin starting point.
However, Elemenyawi added: “I have one disappointment, that…
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