Protest stops Jacques Cartier Bridge traffic
Last updated May 23 2005 04:06 PM EDT
CBC News

MONTREAL Police have arrested a man dressed as Batman's sidekick, Robin, on the superstructure of Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge.


Protester on Jacques Cartier bridge

Protester on Jacques Cartier bridge

He climbed the bridge early Monday morning, and unfurled a banner demanding "parental equality."


Traffic was halted for several hours on the 3.4-kilometre bridge, which links Montreal with Longueuil on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.


The man said he is a member of Fathers 4 Justice (F4J), which aims to "expose the injustice that the family-law industry has become in this country, with a series of high-profile stunts and actions."


The group's website says the family courts are biased against fathers, and systematically remove the rights of one parent usually the father to be involved in his children's lives after a divorce.


The man on the bridge said he had not been able to see his child for two years.


Spider-Man protest on Mount Royal cross

Spider-Man protest on Mount Royal cross

F4J also says its members wanted to make May a "month of mayhem" by "coming soon to a high place near you," after the federal government failed to act on the group's ultimatum to fix family law.


The group said its members were behind eight stunts in May, across the country, including releasing crickets in courthouses and offices, and having a man dressed as Spider-Man climb the cross on Mount Royal in Montreal on Saturday.


Police said the protester will likely face criminal charges.