Climate activists shut down Jacques Cartier Bridge during morning rush hour (PHOTOS)

Oct 8 2019, 3:10 pm

A group of climate activists scaled the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal on Tuesday morning during rush hour, resulting in the closure of traffic in all directions.

The protesters were from the environmental activist group called Extinction Rebellion Québec, who scaled the bridge as part of a Canada-wide and global climate protest.

According to the group, three activists began crossing the Jacques Cartier Bridge to hang banners to send a message to the government around 6 am.

Shortly after, police were deployed to stop them. As a result, three protesters were arrested, according to the group.

“You can’t ignore us anymore. Half a million people understand that the only way to get necessary political action is on the way out on the streets, and we continue their struggle. We must stop the development of fossil industries, and cut our emissions. lels don’t only understand it, they require it,” reads a post from the group on Facebook.

The protest caused headaches for early morning commuters as all lanes were closed to vehicles by 7 am for security reasons.

However, police said by 8 am regular traffic had resumed on the bridge.

Here’s a look at what happened on the bridge this morning.

The group said members of its group are occupying bridges all across Canada, in what it has dubbed the #BridgeOut campaign. Extinction Rebellion also targeted the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver and the Bloor Viaduct in Toronto on Monday.

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