For 11 years anti-abortionists have gathered in Ottawa for a few days of marching, mass and seminars. This year they had 2 US speakers. A 43 year oldÂ Ottawa police officer, directing traffic around the march was hit by a car yesterday.
I wonder how many of the the protesters cared enough to send him a card or donate to The Police Benevolent Fund or responded kindly in any way?Â Commenter at CBC.
I was simply trying to get my elderly father from his radiation treatment to his home in downtown Ottawa. For two hours we circled his street as he became more & more weak & thirsty. My own desperation levels certainly matched those of the drivers around me who were trying to (during the height of the business day) get to meetings/appointments, to pick up children/deliver packages & in one case get to a funeral.
We know that any group wishing to protest on Parliament Hill must obtain official permission so that there are not conflicts & so there is enough RCMP presence to protect and control the crowd on the Hill.
What we feel we saw yesterday was a group that simply decided to do its own thing & take it’s protest to the streets at the worst possible time without pre-arranging road closures or notice to the police or public. The lack of any discernible plan was the fault for this accident & if, it turns out that the “anti-abortion” movement did, as suspected, just start walking with an intent to disrupt as many people and as much business as possible then they are fortunate the officer wasn’t killed.
That would have put the ultimate ironic face on their basic claim of respect for life.
Lifesite – Largest Canadian March for Life ever
That crowd of people filling up four major roadways, creating massive traffic delays around Parliament? What crowd of people – timeimmortal
Police are surrounding the protesters. Need to keep them in line. Pro-aborts can be violent. SoCon or Bust 1:35 – Crowd is getting louder and louder. Excitement is building. Crowd is starting to slowly move toward the streets. Crowd moving toward Wellington Street. Front of line is the Knights of Columbus – about 100 of them in rows of 4. Lot of High School students with their banners and signs. Chanting has now started â€œHey, hey, ho, ho, abortion laws have got to goâ€. Christian Womenâ€™s League for Life present.