Protestors to disrupt Canadian GP?

UPDATE The plans of the Montreal students to disrupt the Grand Prix are being advertised on posters around the city. These call for the students to gather at the Berri Metro station, on the yellow line (the only Metro that serves the Grand Prix) at 10.30 in the morning on Sunday, with the instruction not to board trains until a signal is given.

The poster features an unpleasant image from CART from 2001 when Alex Zanardi lost his legs when hit by Alex Tagliani at the Lausitzring in Germany. The picture has no relevance to F1 at all, beyond being two racing cars and is designed simply to draw attention to the poster.

One can add accusations of ignorance and bad taste to whatever list one cares to create about the behavior of the protesting students. Race fans are advised to get up early. The police can show up at 10.30. Joe Saward

04/27/12 Formula 1's visit to Bahrain was not greatly disrupted by protesters, but there are beginning to be fears that the sport could run into trouble later this summer in Montreal. For the last 11 weeks students in the city have been protesting about the raising of tuition fees and in recent days the action has been getting rather nastier with protesters hurling projectiles at police. A total of 85 people were arrested in the course of Wednesday night. The protesters have disrupted the city’s Metro system by throwing smoke bombs in stations, forcing evacuations and major delays. The Metro is vital for the Grand Prix in Montreal as the majority of spectators travel to the Ile de Notre Dame using the system. There is still six weeks to go before the Canadian event, but the school years ends shortly and so it remains to be seen whether the students will stick around or will go off on holiday. Joe Saward

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