09/24/2015 09:02 EDT | Updated 09/24/2016 05:12 EDT

Protesters Rally In Montreal Ahead Of French-Language Leaders' Debate

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the CBC–Radio-Canada building in Montreal Thursday evening, just as the federal political party leaders arrived to take part in the French-language debate.

Police separated the group. About 200 political campaign supporters were on the south side of René Lévesque Blvd. On the north side, about 200 protesters demonstrating against cuts to the CBC–Radio-Canada budgets and low-income housing gathered, along with members of environmental groups and anti-pipeline development activists.

The protest was loud, as people chanted and booed while the leaders arrived, but it remained peaceful.

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