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Montreal Removed A Bench That Forbid Homeless People From Sitting Too Long After Backlash

"This bench has no place in... Cabot Square," Mayor Valérie Plante tweeted.
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The City of Montreal has recently removed an 'anti-homeless' bench from Cabot Square in response to a public backlash.

"No resting allowed at Cabot," tweeted Nakuset, the executive director of Montreal's Native Women's Shelter, Thursday along with a photo of the bench.

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Mayor Valérie Plante retweeted Nakuset's comments a few hours later and promised to remove it.

"These are the old benches set up by the previous administration that I have extensively condemned," stated the mayor (translated from French).

"This bench has no place in the vicinity of Cabot Square because it contributes to the stigmatization of people experiencing homelessness."

The mayor ended her tweet saying "it will be removed immediately," and on Thursday evening, Nakuset posted another photo showing the bench being removed.

Via mayor Valérie Plante

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