Once again, protesters turned aggressive towards the journalists documenting them, leaving the impression that perhaps they should keep their protests behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes.
This time, the assaults took place in front of a Montreal courthouse earlier today where students were protesting the prosecution of four people arrested for igniting smoke bombs inside the city’s subway system, which caused a major shutdown.
The four people arrested in the incident were charged with “inciting fear of terrorism,” which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The protesters outside the courthouse today were blaming the media for bias in their coverage and began pushing and shoving videographers. Watch video in French here.
Phil Carpenter, a videographer for the Montreal Gazette, stated on Twitter that activists poured hot coffee on his camera.
They also placed their hands and sheets in front of camera lenses, which certainly helps them spread across whatever message they had.
I used to buy smoke bombs from the ice cream man as a kid for twenty-five cents each, which allowed me to create all kinds of havoc in my neighborhood.
But obviously, times have changed.
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