The organizer of an annual marijuana protest in downtown Vancouver is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to several protesters being arrested on Canada Day.
Longtime pot activist Jodie Emery said this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day that the event has experienced any confrontation with police.
“The city has been so tolerant before,” she said, speaking outside the Vancouver Art Gallery where the protest was being held. “I don’t understand where this is coming from.”
Bystanders said they witnessed officers descend on the gathering of hundreds of people around noon. A scuffle ensued before at least one man was led away in handcuffs.
Angry crowds chanted as they followed the officers around the street corner where they loaded a man into a police van.
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