Protest against police brutality: at least three arrests and showcases fracassées

News 15 March, 2018
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    QMI agency

    Thursday, 15 march, 2018 20:13

    Thursday, 15 march 2018 22:47

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    MONTREAL | Between 200 and 300 protesters took part in Thursday evening at the event organized on 15 march by the Collective opposed to police brutality (COBP). And the event did not take place in the quiet, while several shops in the gay Village have been vandalised and police officers and at least one citizen were injured by projectiles.

    Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland


    At least three arrests have been made in the framework of this event where participants were invited to express their “anger at the police in Quebec that feeds on repression, profiling and brutality”, could we read on the page Facebook of the event.

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    In a provisional toll to 22 h, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has indicated that at least three individuals were arrested on municipal bylaws and showcases of shops of the rue Sainte-Catherine flew into pieces. This is particularly the case of the Second Cup café and a branch of the Laurentian Bank.


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    “Many misdeeds have been committed, and armed aggression towards officers. The people are scattered in all directions, so we had to patrol several streets in the area,” said agent Manuel Couture of the SPVM.

    Downtown (Ste-Catherine and Beaudry ) notice given to the crowd of #Manifencours #COBP : because of offences, we order the protesters to disperse and leave the premises immediately. A police response is imminent.

    — Police Montréal (@SPVM) march 16, 2018


    #manifencours in Lafontaine Park. We talk, we eat and we are preparing for the demonstration against the #BrutalitéPolicière at 19: 30

    — fr0gz (@frogsarelovely) march 15, 2018


    Projectiles have been launched against the security forces, injuring three police officers, as well as a citizen who was on the spot.

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    The police had asked people to disperse in the middle of the evening, rue Sainte-Catherine East, while the event began at the park The Fountain had just won the gay Village.

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    “Because of offences, we order the protesters to disperse and leave the premises immediately. A police response is imminent,” wrote the police on Twitter to 20: 30.

    #manifencours So much police everywhere. Even on the bike path #BrutalitéPolicière

    — fr0gz (@frogsarelovely) march 15, 2018

    On Facebook, the COBP has written that “the whole world hates the police… and the fascists”.


    “The behaviours police officers that we enrage are particularly numerous. This year, however, we find it important to denounce the complicity shown by the police-eras of Quebec in the face of far-right groups, anti-immigration or anti-islam. It is because of this complicity that the raising of racist groups have been able to take place without being disturbed by counter-protests. In fact, the police repression exerted in the face of counter-demonstrations, to the advantage of gatherings of extreme right and neo-nazi. The result is that groups anti-immigration, violent and pro-gun to express their propaganda without too much discomfort,” said the COBP, who wants to “express these feelings of revolt in the face of the media”.