City Hall lockdown

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The council meeting went into lockdown when the anti-police demonstration disrupted the meeting – a Citizen journalist sounded the alarm.
Most of the journalists rushed out to investigate, but a few media people stayed behind for a photo radar scrum with the mayor.
The protest was rude but effective – a lot of media attention but no arrests or damage.
This guard stopped the protesters from moving towards the locked-down council meeting.
The police told them that protests weren’t allowed at City Hall so they’d be arrested if they didn’t leave.
Three councillors hang around while police reinforcements are brought in.
Another councillor discussed things with the angry protesters.
The leader spotted Reevely filming on the balcony and demanded that he throw down some money for the privilege.
“You with the coral phone, give us some money or get lost!”
One protester gave the guard a hard time: “As a black man you shouldn’t be working for the police.” As a young man the guard had marched on Washington in 1968 to hear Martin Luther King Jr. and protest, so he didn’t appreciated being lectured by the young student.
The head of the guns and gangs unit was on the scene, but the protesters marched off chanting and the police stood down.
The journalists went back to talking to politicians about photo radar.

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2 Responses to City Hall lockdown

  1. Sue Sharing says:

    So it turns out if you have a beef about the city, you shouldn’t try to bring it to City Hall in the form of a demonstration — at least not inside its many walls.

    That’s what a group of about 20 university students were told when they marched into 111 Lisgar St. Wednesday, waving their placards and using a megaphone to get their message across.

    “Black lives matter, stop killing my brother, stop killing my sister,” the chant went on in the hallways at city hall.

    The boisterous noise was so loud, it broke the political drone inside the chamber of Andrew Haydon Hall, where councillors were meeting for their twice-monthly council session

    City hall security went into full alert, and as reporters rushed out to find some actual news, the doors into council were locked.

    (It remains unclear whether that was to keep reporters from going back in or to keep the protesters out!)

    As an aside, it would appear the protesters were a bit new at the game.
    continue reading

  2. ottawaowl says:

    Journalists are my heroes so it was great to meet Sarah Brown and Rémi Thériault. Sarah’s long career in journalism included a three-year stint at the Bangkok Post and jobs at the London Free Press, Ottawa magazine, etc.

    Sarah is doing the words and Rémi the images for a Carleton University story on the 100in1Day Ottawa event in Britannia Park. A sample of his amazing photos.

    Most fun I’ve had since the Great City Hall Lockdown.

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