Short protest against tuition increase; many arrests
A march to mark an anniversary in Quebec's protest movement was swiftly broken up by police Friday evening.
Several hundred people had gathered at Parc Emilie-Gamelin to mark the event on a cold, grey late afternoon, a far cry from a year ago, a summer-like day when tens of thousands of students staged a huge and memorable march.
The police response was also different on this March 22.
Officers swiftly jumped in to break up the event, ticketing people for municipal infractions such as marching against traffic.
Several groups of protesters were also subjected to kettles, the controversial crowd-control tactic in which people are penned into a confined space. Several bystanders complained that they were kettled simply for being near the protesters.
Reports say more than a hundred people were arrested.
There are still frequent demonstrations against the three-per-cent-a-year tuition hikes imposed by the new Parti Quebecois government.
Photo credit: Richard Deschamps