Police are now investigating after hundreds of protesters swarmed cars outside the Saskatoon Premier’s Dinner event on Thursday.
“We’re asking people to provide us with info, if they have it, and are looking into the actions of protesters,” Saskatoon police said via Twitter on Friday.
Attendees at Thursday’s dinner were met with throngs of sign-waving protesters.
Some of the people upset with Brad Wall’s budget even climbed on top of moving vehicles.
Organizers from the protest say aside from a few isolated incidents, it was a peaceful demonstration of people’s frustrations with the cuts in the provincial budget.
But an expert from the University of Saskatchewan says protest organizers need to be mindful of private property and the law if they want to persuade public opinion.
“You have to find a balance, in a way, in terms of showing your anger and at the same time, doing it in a way that will not alienate the public who might be sympathetic to your cause and might dislike the budget,” said Daniel Beland, a political sociologist.
Beland says given the anger over the budget, he expects to see similar heated protests in the coming weeks and months.
Organizers of Thursday’s event say tensions over the budget are high and a few incidents of people jumping on cars don’t reflect on everyone at the demonstration.
“In a crowd that size with emotions running high like they are, it’s somewhat of inevitability. I think overall the protest was quite well conducted. We head that from police, we heard that from a lot of people,” said Peter Garden, one of the organizers.
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