Nine people were arrested in the parliament on Saturday morning when protesters and counterparties clashed over federal government plans to approve the UN Global Compact on Migration.
Of the nine-eight, they were released without charge, but they were notified of offenses, which means they are forbidden for 90 days from Hill Hill. A lone person transferred to the Ottawa police service by parliamentary protection services was charged with assaulting a police officer.
The man's name was not released.
For a little more than an hour, starting around 10:00, the participants on both sides of the metal barriers who separated them mocked, mostly with insults and appointments. Almost 50 RCMP police officers in armed weapons and, at least, so many regular RCMP officers and parliamentary security services have tried to keep them apart.
However, temps rang occasionally, leading to some physical disturbances, while the policemen separated the warriors and dragged them several times. One protector, Larry Wasslen, claimed that the protesters had taken their battalion, which read "Death to Fascism, Freedom to People."
Demonstrators who had registered demonstration plans with the police were those who disagreed with the Canadian support of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Regular Migration. The protesters were those who agreed to the pact or at least protestors.
"I did not realize these were white supremacists," Wasslen said, gesturing to the group on the contrary. "They grabbed my sign and I tried to keep it, and then the cops caught me and took me back.
"I tried to protect my banner," he added, "and instead of protecting my freedom of speech, the supporters of white supremacists have been supported by the people, and the people have the right to live in peace and dignity, and these white supremacists try to deny this right.
It was just that simple. As one anti-protester "Nazi trigger from our streets" cried out, one of her intended targets, identified only as Craig, replied: "You do not know who I am, you do not know anything about me."
Craig traveled from Toronto to a 19-year-old son on a demonstration and denied accusations of being racist.
"I do not agree with Canada signing the UN Covenant," he said. "That's why I'm here.
"I have no problem with the people who want to come and want to work," he added, "but I live in Toronto and tell you that right now, every hotel and university dormitory is full of foreigners and nobody is trying to speak English.
"We all know what's right: Work hard, do what you do, pay your taxes and live hard and I'm in your team, but leave me because I do not agree with you, man, that's childish and stupid. My mom does not agree with my policy, but I hate my mother, and she hates me. You can have different political attitudes and still talk.
"I'm a Leafs fan, that's probably the worst thing you can knock me on."
On the other side of the fence, one counterpart plotted epithets when he faced protesters against the UN pact and simulated sex with the flag pole he carried. As police police began to push back against protesting singing: "No hatred, no fear, refugees welcome here," Tara Hurford agreed that more dialogue is needed between the two sides.
"I am mainly here as a citizen who believes in humanity," said Hurford, who works as an animator of development and peace, an international Catholic development organization. "I believe in free speech, but I think there is a good line between free speech and hate speech, and I do not know that the answer is that we do not give them a seat. I think we have to hear their voices listening to them rather than shouting at them and to tell them that they are dirty. We must deeply reflect on their fears and why they are afraid of refugees.
"My hope," she added, "is that we could engage in an honest conversation about what concerns and possibilities are."
If the Saturday demonstrations were an opportunity to do so, the players on both sides tried to provoke their counterparts. One demonstrator, Barrhaven senior Darla Demary, and her husband left the demonstration for fear of her physical security. The Jews decided to take part in their first protest of her fears of criminality and what she described as the open borders of Canada.
"In 1982, we moved to Ottawa, Montreal, and it was very rare to hear some crimes, and now it's everyday … shooting.
"I am totally opposed to the migration treaty," she added, "because our borders are completely open and God knows who will come in. Nobody is safe."
There was no official estimate of the combined size of the two groups, but less than 300 people seemed to be involved.
The protesters left shortly after 11:00 and marched at the police station in Ottawa on Elgin Street. Meanwhile, Demary and her husband left a protest, and they also decided to visit Hill Hill.