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Anti-Harper protest will snarl traffic: police

Demonstrators will march through Ottawa late Friday afternoon

A march by people protesting against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's speech at the Conservative Party's national convention will cause major disruptions for Ottawa commuter traffic late Friday afternoon, police said.

The demonstrators plan a rally at 4:30 p.m. at Dundonald Park with speeches by the former parliamentary page, Brigette dePape, and by the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Denis Lemelin.

From there they plan to march through the downtown core to arrive at the Ottawa Convention Centre by 6:30 p.m.

"More than 40 community organizations from Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston and Vancouver have endorsed the march," according to organizer Pete Blais.

"We invite all those opposed to Stephen Harper's right-wing agenda to join us," he said.

Traffic disruptions are expected to last from about 4 p.m. until about 7 p.m., police said.

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