Protest concerns cancel Canadian GP open house

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MONTREAL (AP) -- Protester threats have forced organizers of the Canadian Grand Prix to cancel the free opening day of the event.

Formula One fans were supposed to have access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at the "Open House" event Thursday. Instead, the event was scrapped because of security concerns.

The student group CLASSE has suggested the race be used as a platform for the protesters' demonstrations over tuition fees. Quebec Premier Jean Charest in turn has been critical of threats toward the race, which generates an estimated $100 million in revenue for the city.

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to attend the June 8-10 event.