Quebec protesters hire bodyguards for royal visit
Quebec Resistance Network pick brawny guards ahead of planned civil disobedience
A fringe Quebec pro-independence group is hiring dozens of burly security guards for a protest planned for Prince William and Kate's upcoming visit to la belle province.
But the head of the Quebec Resistance Network insists his organization hasn't employed the imposing chaperones to clash with law enforcement.
Instead, Patrick Bourgeois says the bruisers will be there to ensure next week's scheduled demonstration doesn't get out of control.
"Even myself, if they tell me what to do — they're so big that I'm going to listen to them," Bourgeois told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday.
"We chose them based on build. There's no one in there who's 100 pounds soaking wet."
Bourgeois said protest organizers plan to cause civil disobedience during the royal visit — but no violence.
The group is expecting 300 protesters in the streets to denounce the monarchy during the royal couple's July 3 visit to Quebec City.
"If some moron shows up and provokes police – and is at the same time imperilling our plan and the safety of our supporters – we're definitely going to ensure this person is booted out of our demonstration," he said.
Bourgeois' organization led a rowdy anti-monarchy demonstration in 2009 during a visit to Montreal by Prince Charles and Camilla.
The protest delayed their arrival at a military ceremony by about a half-hour, and Charles and Camilla had to enter through a back door because of the raucous demonstators.
The group, known in French as the Réseau de résistance du Québécois, has also helped block the planned 2009 re-enactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and has protested the performance of Anglo songs at Quebec's Fête nationale holiday.
At the time of the Fête nationale protest, other audience members heckled the demonstrators.