Over 270 detained in Montreal over freedom of assembly rally - police

 

This file photo shows a person being arrested by police during a protest in downtown Montreal. (AFP Photo / Steeve Duguay)
This file photo shows a person being arrested by police during a protest in downtown Montreal. (AFP Photo / Steeve Duguay)

At least 279 protesters have been detained and fined in central Montreal during a rally against police tactics as police claimed the assembly was illegal, local media reported quoting law enforcers.

Protesters began gathering at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Friday evening, the Montreal Gazette website reports. Shortly afterwards police officer announced, via loudspeakers, that the demonstration was illegal.

Montreal police said three people were arrested for assault, while the rest were detained for illegal assembly, according to CBC News. No injuries were reported.

The protest was organized by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (the CLAC) to contest a controversial bylaw.

The demonstration sought to “assert our opposition to bylaw P-6” in a year “marked by an escalation of police repression against political protesters in Montreal,” the CLAC said

 

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Comment by James μολὼν λαβέ on April 6, 2013 at 9:31pm

FSRN: In Montreal, activists challenge P6 anti-protest law with civil disobedience

Anarchopanda caught in yet another police kettle. April 5, 2013. Photo: Aaron Lakoff
Anarchopanda caught in yet another police kettle. April 5, 2013. Photo: Aaron Lakoff

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In Montreal, activists challenge P6 anti-protest law with civil disobedience

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http://fsrn.org/audio/montreal-activists-challenge-p6-anti-protest-...

[Note: I was arrested along with 278 people at the CLAC (Anti-Capitalist Convergence) demo against the P6 bylaw on Friday, April 5th, in yet another police kettle.]

In Montreal, Canada, tensions are rising between police and activists. This week, authorities arrested a 20-year-old woman who's active in the student movement at her home after she posted a photo on Instagram of graffiti depicting the Montreal police spokesperson with a bullet in his head. The arrest comes as protest groups prepare for a mass civil disobedience tonight. They're opposing a municipal bylaw which they say is giving the police a tool to repress social movements and violates basic constitutional freedoms. FSRN’s Aaron Lakoff has more.

Comment by James μολὼν λαβέ on June 27, 2013 at 5:36pm

Anarchopanda caught in yet another police kettle. April 5, 2013. Photo: Aaron Lakoff

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