Anti-poverty group organizes Muskrat Falls protest in St. John's

About 60 people gathered at Harbourside Park Monday afternoon.

About 60 people gathered at Harbourside Park Monday afternoon

About 60 people gathered at Harbourside Park in downtown St. John's Monday afternoon to protest what they call failures Muskrat Falls. (Peter Cowan/CBC)

About 60 people gathered in downtown St. John's Monday afternoon to take part in an anti-poverty group's protest and march against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric megaproject.

A press release from Anti-Poverty NL says the event is in response to "the long-known likelihood of failures" with Muskrat Falls.

The crowd yelled chants of, "Stop Muskrat Falls," and "audit Nalcor."

In the latest project update provided in June, Crown corporation Nalcor Energy put the price tag for the hydroelectric dam in Labrador at $12.7 billion.

Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall said it was worse than the 1969 Quebec deal, reiterating his motto that Muskrat Falls is a "boondoggle" that's gone too far to stop.

"The Muskrat Falls project is a disaster that will amplify poverty across N.L.," reads the press release from Anti-Poverty NL.

A march in downtown St. John's Monday afternoon, organized by Anti-Poverty NL, opposing Muskrat Falls. (Peter Cowan/CBC)

"We need to show that this is not OK. We need justice for the indigenous peoples, working families and folks living in poverty who are harmed by this project while the provincial government and Nalcor spend billions."

The demonstration started at Harbourside Park at 1 p.m. NT.

Anti-Poverty NL is holding a demonstration in St. John's, protesting what they call failures of the Muskrat Falls project by the provincial government and Nalcor Energy. (Courtesy Nalcor Energy)