Counter-protesters swarm far-right rally in Quebec City

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:14 GMT, Aug 21, 2017 |

A group called La Meute organized a march to in Quebec City Sunday (August 20), where they called for stronger border controls amid a sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing illegally into Quebec from the U.S., CBC reported.

About 200 people showed up.

CBC reported that before their demonstration had started, they were forced to retreat to an underground lot by opponents.

Following last weekend’s demonstration in Charlottesville, Virgina, several Quebec politicians, including Premier Philippe Couillard, openly criticized La Meute’s intentions, CBC reported.

CBC reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Montreal for the Pride Parade on Sunday, also condemned the Quebec City demonstration, organized by what he described as a “small minority of racists.”