Montreal police moved quickly Saturday to crack down on an annual protest that has a history of getting out of hand.
A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside the busy north-end Jean-Talon metro station to denounce police brutality.
But police declared the protest illegal because they weren't provided with an itinerary.
Officers, some on horseback and others in riot gear, cordoned many of the protesters onto a side street and worked to load them on to waiting city buses.
Four men and one woman were arrested on a variety of charges. 288 protesters were detained and each handed a 637-dollar ticket in violation of unicipal bylaw P-6.
A demonstration against police brutality has been held in Montreal for 18 straight years.
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