2 October 2004
Demonstrators oppose Canada's involvement in US missile defense shield

From Bill Sulzman


MONTREAL (AFP) Oct 02, 2004 - Protesters marched Saturday in several Canadian cities against Canada's participation in the US missile defense shield.

Organizers said the protests were designed the influence the government of Prime Minister Paul Martin, which is considering whether to participate in the system, scheduled to become operational at the end of the year.

Canada and the United States have joint air defenses under the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and recently agreed to extend the command's warning function to support missile defense.


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