Ottawa police are debunking a right-wing American news outlet’s claim that thousands of pro-Trump supporters descended on Parliament Hill Saturday.
Breitbart News reported Saturday that up to 5,000 people protested in favour of U.S. President Donald Trump’s conservative agenda Saturday. Protesters, the controversial outlet said, were also angry about Prime Minster Justin Trudeau liberal policies.
As of Monday morning, the piece has been shared more than 33,000 times on social media.
Ottawa Police Const. Marc Soucy confirmed a protest was planned for Parliament Hill. He said he couldn’t confirm the numbers but estimated the crowd was “less than 100.”
“It wasn’t 5,000,” Soucy told iPolitics, adding he was downtown Saturday and didn’t notice any large protest.
A Million Canadian March was planned for Saturday, according to the group’s Facebook page. Some 504 people had indicated they were interested in going to the event, which was scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
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