Montreal climate protesters create cookware cacophony
Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:14PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:01AM EDT
MONTREAL -- The sounds of protesters banging on pots and pans resonated around metro stations and in parks on Tuesday.
The din was familiar to those who lived through the 2012 student protests when demonstrators donned red squares, smashing cookware to show their displeasure with Quebec's Liberal government.
Protesters wanting to raise awareness for climate change did the same on Tuesday.
The group behind the demonstrations, The Planet Goes to Parliament, was one of the organizers of the Sept. 27 protest that saw hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of Montreal.
"After a march like that there's a depression, if I can say. And we have to you know, keep the flame alive and remind people that we do not have to stop the march," said Sebastien Dodge.
The group is planning weekly pots and pans protests -- dubbed Les Mardis Casseroles -- outside of Laurier metro station and other neighbourhoods in Montreal.
"It was a protest for more social justice, so the image we are trying to bring in terms of climate change is to bring more social justice in the transition that is necessary," said Violaine Brisebois-Lavoie.
On Tuesday protesters marched through the streets of the Plateau Mont-Royal, hammering wooden spoons against metal pots.
They said they plan on continuing to protest weekly to put pressure on the government to take action against climate change.
"They have to move and they have to move quick, and we'll be here every week to remind them," said Dodge.
The Planet Goes to Parliament is hoping protests will continue until the end of the year.
"The election is coming up next week, but climate change won't end next week, so we need to keep putting pressure on our government so that they act in a just way," said Brisebois-Lavoie.
With files from Matthew Gilmour