Quebec City streets tranquil up till now but gearing for G7 protesters. Quebec City’s significant district looked deserted as though business owners were devising for a microscopic hurricane to blow through the cobblestone streets and many stores were barricaded with plywood expecting the anti G7 protests. Up till now the protests have been calm.
Stores that were functioning greatly outnumbered those with shutters closed. However, police was present to keep vigil on the protestors. Squad cars steered through the area and uniformed officers observed varied locations across the neighborhood favored with tourists and locals alike.
In the afternoon when sunshine gave way to rains and clouds gallery owner Esther Garneau embraced prospective clients even though the glass window facade of her store was overspread with plywood. She said that she would stay open with barricades and her only worry is night time. She also said that her artists were worried. The artwork is produced by hand and not machine, therefore you cannot replicate it the next day. She placed the plywood to take off the worries of the client.
While the G7 summit will be held 140 kilometers northeast of Quebec City in the resort town of La Malbaie, multiple groups involving unions, aid organizations and anti-capitalists are going to rally in the provincial capital.
The amount of detention centers that have been initiated in the Quebec City area in prediction of rallies is provoking human rights group to contemplate about objectives of security forces.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.