- Protesters in Montreal completely shut down the Jacques-Cartier Bridge after climbing it to the top this morning.
- The activists, part of Extinction Rebellion, were attempting to hang several banners.
- See the photos and videos below.
As we mentioned yesterday, this week marks the week of International Rebellion by activist group Extinction Rebellion and today they've climbed Montreal's Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
The bridge is currently closed in both directions as teams attempt to bring the activists back down to the ground.
The activists began their climb just before 7 a.m. and have been in a stand-off with rescue crews for nearly an hour now has the fire teams attempt to end the disruption on the bridge.
The goal, according to Extinction Rebellion, is to "redecorate the structure" with banners that "denounce the lack of meaningful action in the face of multiple environmental crises."
There are also a number of protesters on the ground at the bridge as well as a planned "street party" that is scheduled to take place later this afternoon near Place du Canada.
The Jacques-Cartier Bridge Twitter account tweeted out below letting commuters know the bridge is currently closed in both directions.
#JacquesCartierBridge complete closure in both directions— Pont Jacques-Cartier (@Pont Jacques-Cartier) 1570533854.0
Intervention de l’équipe de sauvetage en hauteur – Pont Jacques-Cartier – Merci d’éviter le secteur https://t.co/Iyj6nroTZF— Sécurité incendieMTL (@Sécurité incendieMTL) 1570535377.0
The Montreal Fire Department is also asking individuals to avoid the area as they continue to attempt their "rescue."
Several people have managed to snap pictures and videos of the three protestors who managed to climb their way to the top of the structure.
Climbers and fire crews at a standoff atop of Jacques-Cartier bridge. #MTL https://t.co/pN0zf79mqE— BraydenJaggerHaines (@BraydenJaggerHaines) 1570532901.0
Jacques Cartier bridge closed due to ongoing action by Extinction Rebellion. Woke up to a helicopter constantly hov… https://t.co/duIGSA4wWB— EarWitness (@EarWitness) 1570535148.0
Many people in the area began hearing helicopters as early as 6:45.
This means that traffic has been stopped in the area for at least an hour, if not longer.
Three activist have scaled the Jacques-Cartier bridge in the name of climate justice. The demonstration is held by… https://t.co/bsmBifBD7J— BraydenJaggerHaines (@BraydenJaggerHaines) 1570533080.0
Latest view of what’s happening on the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Members of a climate action group appears to be try… https://t.co/tf3ebnEGgx— Kristy Snell CBC (@Kristy Snell CBC) 1570533536.0
However, protesters believe that they are speaking out on behalf of the 500,000 people in Montreal who marched for Climate Change action on September 27th.
Intervention de l’équipe de sauvetage en hauteur – Pont Jacques-Cartier – Intervention maîtrisée. https://t.co/XMG20rFVgo— Sécurité incendieMTL (@Sécurité incendieMTL) 1570536425.0
Just as I finish writing this it seems the Fire Department is calling the end of the incident, meaning they've likely managed to get the protesters safely to the ground.
We will keep you posted with this story and any upcoming protests as they occur.