New laws fuelled protests: police commander
Police commander Alain Simoneau testified before the Ménard commission into last year's Maple Spring demonstrations.
He told the commission that the demonstrations became larger and more intense after two key laws — municipal bylaw P6 and provincial Bill 78 — were adopted in late May 2012.
The laws also spawned alternative protest methods, such as the so-called "casserole" movement.
Simoneau added that the protests saw new innovations in crowd control by police, including the use of Twitter to communicate with demonstration participants.
The commission will resume on November 19.