Montreal removes anti-homeless spikes from downtown bookstore

A picture shows short metal spikes installed outside the entrance of a building in London. Montreal...

A picture shows short metal spikes installed outside the entrance of a building in London. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre ordered spikes outside of a local bookshop to be removed. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

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, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

MONTREAL — Spikes meant to discourage the homeless from camping out in front of a downtown bookstore caused outrage all the way to City Hall on Tuesday.

The rows of metal spikes were bolted to the pavement. They weren't sharp but would certainly be uncomfortable for anyone trying to get a night's sleep in front of the store.

CAPTION: Spikes outside of City Hall in London, England.

City workers removed them early Tuesday afternoon following a series of angry tweets from Mayor Denis Coderre.

"The anti-homeless spikes are unacceptable!!!" he tweeted.

He later added, "I went on site to see these unacceptable spikes. I guarantee you that these spikes will disappear today even if we have to take them out ourselves!!!"

The area in front of the Archambault bookstore is a common gathering place for the homeless.

Quebecor, which owns both QMI Agency and Archambault, said it doesn't own the building and had nothing to do with installing the spikes. The company said it asked the building's owner to remove the spikes Tuesday morning.


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