To show solidarity with the Quebec student strike and opposition to Quebec's Law 78, as well as to show opposition to the federal government's Bill C-38 and the local Bill 29 (read more about Bill 29 here, here, or here), close to thirty people showed up at Harbourside Park to bang on pots and pans.
We marched down Water Street and made our way to George Street, waving red flags, carrying banners, and respecting most traffic laws and crossing streets safely for the entirety of the march.
We did block George Street, but please don't let that bit of civil disobedience discourage you from coming out and taking part. For some reason, we also found ourselves with a police escort. The police were parked across from Harbourside Park before we started, followed us down Water Street and George Street, and followed us back to Harbourside Park. This means that we were very safe, or perhaps one jay-walk away from being fined. It's hard to say, really.
Despite the police presence, the protest was uninterrupted and went as smoothly as previous pots and pans protests. We were even joined by a man from Quebec who was sad to be out of the province and missing what was happening there, but equally happy to have found an event in St. John's. He supplied the above photos and the following videos, and I'd like to thank him for that.
Gathering at Harbourside Park
Marching through downtown St. John's
To find out when the next casseroles event is happening in St. John's, keep checking the blog! (There's probably a Facebook something-or-other, but I don't know anything about that sort of thing.)
Keep calm and bang on!