- Montreal climate change protesters painted a giant mural on Mount Royal this weekend.
- This mural marks the beginning of a week-long plan to protest and demonstrate civil disobedience against climate change inaction across the globe.
- Check out footage from protests in B.C, Halifax, Montreal and more below.
The week of International Rebellion has begun in Quebec, starting with a huge mural that was painted atop Mount-Royal on Saturday morning by climate change protesters.
The act of civil disobedience, organized by Greenpeace Québec,* which was expected to take several hours to paint, took little more than 30 minutes to complete after throngs of climate change activists showed up on Saturday morning to paint.
Two murals were painted this weekend, one in Montreal, designed by Meky Ottawa, and another in Burnaby, British Columbia, at the TransMountain Westridge Marine Terminal, designed by Ocean Hyland and Brandon Gabriel.
Done with biodegradable paint, the mural has likely washed away, considering the rain... but the impact was felt on Mount-Royal on Saturday nonetheless.
The weekend protests marked the beginning of a weeklong schedule of swarms, protests and demonstrations that will take place all over the world this week.
In Montreal, Extinction Rebellion has some kind of demonstration slated to go down across the city every single day for between the 7th and the 13th.
Tomorrow, for example, a street party is being planned for Place du Canada, near the corner of Peel and René-Lévesque.
In the event description, the FAQs include the question, "Is it going to be fun?"
Their answer? "Not for the government."
Below are tweets sent out by Extinction Rebellion Quebec, indicating their intention to undertake actions of civil-disobedience throughout the week of October 7th to 13th.
Du 7 au 13 octobre, Extinction Rébellion prévoit des actions de désobéissance civile rassemblant des milliers de pe… https://t.co/oyf3f4fkz5— Extinction Rébellion Québec 🦌 (@Extinction Rébellion Québec 🦌) 1570240140.0
Swarm! Swarm! Swarm! Une semaine à dire la vérité en toute lenteur! #InternationalRebellion #CriseClimatique… https://t.co/6QajoGnusN— Extinction Rébellion Québec 🦌 (@Extinction Rébellion Québec 🦌) 1570448596.0
Above are a smattering of scheduled "swarms" that will take place across the city of Montreal, from the Museum of Fine Arts to Place du Canada, Parc Girouard and Old Port.
This past weekend was also a lively affair in other parts of the country as well. Halifax police can be seen arresting protesters in the video below after they blocked off the Macdonald Bridge between Halifax and Dartmouth.
Arrests happening now in Halifax. Protesters are being led away in handcuffs, photographed by police, searched, and… https://t.co/9AzcczrCSN— Brett Ruskin (@Brett Ruskin) 1570458948.0
In Toronto today, protesters are outside the Bloor Viaduct singing songs of love and protest after they completely stopped traffic during rush hour this morning.
This indicates a pattern amongst protest planners to choose heavily trafficked areas and main arteries like bridges in order to cause as much disruption as possible.
The video below shows the painting of the mural in Burnaby, B.C. on Saturday, where they actually blocked the entrance to the tarsands pipeline to paint the mural.
Yesterday, hundreds of people shut down the entrance to the TransMountain #tarsands pipeline terminal with art. The… https://t.co/2Jj4hpwArK— Mike Hudema (@Mike Hudema) 1570393094.0
The photo above shows the completed mural atop Mont-Royal in Montreal.
Find out more about Extinction Rebellion Quebec's plan for a week-long string of protests at their Facebook page here.
*This article has been updated.