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article imageCanada: Protesters rally against anti-terrorism Bill C-51 Special

By Paula Kirman     Mar 22, 2015 in Politics
Edmonton - Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Edmonton, Alberta to protest against Bill C-51 on Saturday, March 14 at Canada Place.
Bill C-51 is also known as the "Anti-Terrorism Bill" and is currently being pushed through Parliament by Canada's federal government. Those who oppose the bill express concerns that it will turn the country into a police state, with CSIS given extra powers to investigate people's finances and otherwise do surveillance without prior or informed consent. They also say it will impede the rights of activists to freely assemble or express opinions, especially with regards to Canada's foreign policy with regards to Israel/Palestine and the rights of First Nations to defend their land.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton  Alberta on March 14  2015
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton, Alberta on March 14, 2015
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
The rally featured speakers from a variety of political parties and organizations, including the NDP, the Green Party, The Raging Grannies, the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism, Greenpeace, and a young Muslim woman. Protesters had very colourful signs and placards, and one protester dressed up in a cardboard costume that was his interpretation of Bill C-51.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
National Day of Action Against Bill C-51 in Edmonton on March 14.
March 14 was the National Day of Action Against Bill C-51. Similar protests were held in cities across Canada.
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