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Quebec/Ottawa, May 19 Canadian-Media): Two competing protest rallies had been held Saturday at a major Quebec-New York border crossing close to where thousands of asylum seekers had been illegally crossing into Canada in recent months, media reports said.
Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que.border was the place were demonstrations took place under police presence to ensure the two sides were kept apart.
Far-right groups, including Storm Alliance, a self-described "ultranationalist" denounced, during the rally, the Liberal government's handling of illegal immigration
"I'm against illegal immigration, I'm against the Trudeau government," said Mike Noble, a construction worker who made the trip from Ottawa for the protest.
Counter-protesters from groups including Solidarity Across Borders staged their own demonstration to show refugee claimants they are welcome in the country.
Solidarity Across Borders. Image credit: Website
Disruptions between the rallies at the border crossing during the busy holiday weekend had resulted in the closing of crossing, for more than two hours Saturday afternoon.
Highway 15 in both directions near the U.S. border was also temporarily blocked by Quebec provincial police.
Earlier also, the border had seen the rallies between these two sides, including last year on Canada Day.
Reportedly more than 7,600 people have entered Canada outside official border crossings so far this year, bulk of those crossed in Quebec at Roxham Road.
Asylum seekers Saturday were shown support by a group of residents gathered at an event close to Roxham Road.