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Crowds fill Montreal for climate protest

People take part in a climate protest in Montreal, Canada, today. (Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan/YJI)

Climate protesters in Montreal today, where Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg was a featured speaker. (Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan/YJI)

MONTREAL – La marche pour le climat, or “climate March” in French, took place Friday in downtown Montreal. 

Protesters under sunny skies at a protest in Montreal Friday, calling for emergency measures in response to climate change. (Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan/YJI)

Thousands of people, mainly youth, descended onto the streets and many roads were blocked. 

Police officers were deployed at metro stations, which were packed with protesters. 

The mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante, announced Thursday, Sept. 26 that all public transportation in Montreal would be free for the day. Buses and metros were also free in the neighboring cities of Longueuil and Laval. 

The atmosphere in the streets was largely light-hearted, with many protestors carrying posters with messages urging more action against climate change. 

As Canada’s federal elections are looming, many posters had a political tune with some accusing the current Trudeau administration of not doing enough on climate.  

Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan is a Correspondent and Senior Photographer with Youth Journalism International.

At the Friday climate protest in Montreal. (Selvaganeshamoorthi Balakrishnan/YJI)

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