A protester hurls pumpkin seeds at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he was leaving an event in Hamilton on Friday. Credit: Youtube/Advocate Daily
A GREEN activist shouting “keep your promises” has thrown a handful of pumpkin seeds with hand drawn hearts at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp said the woman shoved past reporters and threw the seeds at Trudeau in Hamilton on Friday before police wrestled her to the ground.
Trudeau, who appeared unharmed, was hustled into his car.
The woman later told the CBC she was protesting about plans to expand an Enbridge Inc oil pipeline that runs through Hamilton, a city about 80km southwest of Toronto.
“I did it because I care, and I didn’t know how else to get my point across,” said the woman, who identified herself as Ute Schmid-Jones.
Shouting “Keep your promises!,” woman hurls pumpkin seeds at Justin Trudeau in #HamOnt https://t.co/SbuTA9SFUT pic.twitter.com/Mtldz9KA7z
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) October 21, 2016
Schmid-Jones later tweeted “I’m ok”.
She added: “I tossed the seeds. I wanted to give him the seeds. I would have tossed them at his feet, but the crowd was too tight”.
I’m ok. I tossed the seeds. I wanted to give him the seeds. I would have tossed them at his feet, but the crowd was too tight. #HamOnt
— Ute Schmid-Jones (@UteSchmid) October 21, 2016
The seeds – or at least some of them – had hand drawn hearts on them.
Protester threw pumpkin seeds with hand drawn hearts at PM as he left city hall yelling “Keep your promises!” Security guards grabbed her pic.twitter.com/RcJy0iVQ4r
— John Rennison (@JLRenn) October 21, 2016
The CBC said Hamilton police had released her without charge.
Trudeau’s Liberal government is under increasing pressure from environmentalists to block major pipeline projects by Enbridge, Kinder Morgan Inc and TransCanada Corp.
Former Green Party candidate @UteSchmid is taken down trying to ambush @JustinTrudeau with pumpkin seeds in #HamOnt this morning #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/HhssmASpBU
— Adam Carter (@AdamCarterCBC) October 21, 2016