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Armenian rally to cause traffic issues downtown

A march through downtown Ottawa, to the Turkish embassy, is prompting street closures and limited parking in areas.
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The Ottawa Police Service is warning residents that driving downtown could be difficult, Tuesday afternoon.   

A demonstration is expected on Parliament Hill and participants will be marching there, starting at 1 p.m., to MacDonald Gardens Park in Lowertown east. 

Police will be doing rolling road closures along the march route. Streets affected during the march will be Wellington Street, Rideau Street and Cobourg Street. 

The following road closures will be in effect between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:  

- Wurtemburg Street between Rideau and Heney.
- Heney Street between Wurtemburg and Cobourg. 

Is it expected that the area of the MacDonald Gardens Park will be effected from about 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No parking will be permitted on residential streets immediately around MacDonald Gardens Park, all day Tuesday. 

Commuters are asked to avoid the area or take an alternate route whenever possible. 

The demonstration marks the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

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