#CyberFLASH: Day of action against C-51 draws crowds across Canada

Bill C51 Protest 20150314MONTREAL — Thousands of Canadians came together to loudly denounce the Conservative government’s proposed anti-terror legislation in rallies held across the country on Saturday.

In a park in Montreal’s north end, a few dozen of the hundreds of demonstrators taped their mouths shut in protest of the bill, which opponents say would allow the government to stifle protest and dissent. As they marched toward the office of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, many of the large contingent waved signs bearing messages such as “Stop Harper,” and “Activism is not a crime.”

The Conservative government introduced the legislation, known as Bill C-51, in January.

The wide-ranging bill would give police much broader powers and allow them to detain terror suspects and give new powers to Canada’s spy agency.

The organizers of the nationwide protest say the bill would infringe upon Canadians’ civil liberties and right to privacy, especially online.

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