Vancouver police say they deployed 100 officers last night to deal with protesters chanting for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war at a speakeasy where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was privately dining.
A Vancouver Police Department spokesperson said the swiftly assembled group of officers pulled in from across the city to allow Trudeau and his security detail to leave the restaurant.
“Certainly the fact that the Prime Minister was inside that restaurant heightened the need for us to respond, and we took action when we did respond to control that crowd, to prevent the crowd from encroaching on the restaurant, to push that crowd back when it became necessary,” Sergeant Steve Addison said today.
The Globe and Mail’s Mike Hager reports that protesters chanting “ceasefire now” and accusing the Prime Minister of “killing kids” confronted him twice yesterday: first storming inside celebrity restaurateur Vikram Vij’s eponymous restaurant in the centre of town to shout him out of the establishment before following him to a speakeasy in Chinatown, where 250 demonstrators surrounded the block.
Addison said at a press conference that his department had no reports of the first demonstration but scrambled 100 officers to ensure the leader could safely exit the speakeasy with his security detail amid the “pop-up protest.”
Addison called the police response quick and effective. “It allowed for the Prime Minister and his detail to leave the restaurant.”
Police say a 27-year-old man was arrested for assault after an officer was punched in the face and had her eyes gouged. She was treated for her injuries. Police are recommending criminal charges against the man. A 34-year-old man was arrested for obstructing police.
Trudeau was in Vancouver ahead of his departure today for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders’ meeting in San Francisco. Earlier in the day, he and Premier David Eby announced support from both governments for a $1-billion battery plant in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized Trudeau on social media after Canada’s Prime Minister called on Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in its war against Hamas. Story here.
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THIS AND THAT
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PRIME MINISTER’S DAY
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Bloc Québécois Leader Yves François Blanchet is in Quebec on a tour of Rimouski and the Gaspé Peninsula from today through tomorrow.
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre held a fundraising event at a private residence in the town of Kingsville in Southwestern Ontario.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, in her Saanich-Gulf Islands riding on Vancouver Island, attended private meetings and was scheduled to be in the riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith to meet with supporters.
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