2010 Paralympics  

Thousands protest Olympics arrival

Thousands of people have descended upon downtown Vancouver and BC Place Stadium, protesting the arrival of the Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler.

Castanet Chief Correspondent Kelly Hayes is among the throng of people outside the stadium.

Hayes describes the protest as very peaceful and very organized.

"There is a wall of protesters here. They are protesting various issues, mainly poverty, the Alberta oil sands to name a few," Hayes tells us.

"The ones that seem to be leading the charge are those advocating the rights of aboriginal people."

Hayes says the the RCMP are back guarding the entrance to BC Place Stadium on horseback and on foot.

"With the exception of one person who appears to be throwing beans or seeds of some sort, it has been relatively peaceful, but that could change at any time."

The crowd, according to Hayes stretches from the entrance to BC Place, all the way down Robson Street and well past Cambie.

The opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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