Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Protester Who Confronted Trudeau Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Protester Who Confronted Trudeau Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction

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Protester who confronted Trudeau appears in court

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MONTREAL - A protester who angrily confronted the prime minister in Montreal during Quebec's Fete nationale holiday weekend appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to one count of obstructing a peace officer in the execution of his duty.

The Crown refused to remove a bail condition forbidding Matthieu Brien, 31, from engaging in political activity or being in the presence of a politician, said his lawyer Marc Michaud.

Michaud said if the case isn't settled by the Oct. 1 provincial election, Brien -- who is a member of a political party -- won't be able to vote.

"It takes a way all the political rights of my client," Michaud said in an interview.

Brien confronted Justin Trudeau on June 23 as the prime minister was greeting citizens in a park located in his riding and said the Canadian leader "came to bother us at home. …

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