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Drunk Halifax man arrested after yelling, swearing at teachers protesting outside Province House

Teachers told officers assigned to the rally at Province House in Halifax around 11:15 p.m. they were being harassed by an intoxicated man.

Members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and their supporters rally outside Province House to oppose legislation being introduced by the Nova Scotia Liberals.

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Members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and their supporters rally outside Province House to oppose legislation being introduced by the Nova Scotia Liberals.

A drunken Halifax man was arrested after yelling and swearing at teachers during their all-night protest around Province House, police said.

According to the Halifax Regional Police, officers assigned to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) rally were approached by several people who identified an individual who was harassing some of the participants around 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

“He was … yelling and screaming and swearing,” police spokeswoman Const. Dianne Penfound said.

Officers found the 40-year-old man from Halifax, who Penfound said was intoxicated in public, and he was then arrested under the Liquor Control Act.

Penfound said there was some indication the man had been at the rally earlier then gone away, but when he came back the teachers approached police with their concerns.

After the initial arrest, Penfound said police determined the man was on certain court conditions, and will appear in court at a later date on breach of probation and breach of an undertaking related to alcohol.

Teachers from around the province have been rallying around the legislature since Thursday night to protest a bill enforcing a new contract. They will continue until Friday afternoon in a one-day walkout for the first teachers’ strike in N.S. history.

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