Annual march against police brutality doesn't get far

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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  1. Richard posted on 03/15/2014 05:02 PM
    Protesting police burtality by breaking windows is like protesting world hunger by throwing away food
  2. FreedomIsOurs posted on 03/17/2014 03:25 PM
    Richard: Your statement dismissing the very real police brutality that goes on in this city is indicative of the mentality of someone who would rather respond out of ignorance than to take the time to research, collect data and then respond. Your uninformed response is duly noted.
    1. West Island Frank posted on 03/18/2014 11:32 AM
      @FreedomIsOurs Hey freedom I think you need a spoon full of your own medicine. Richard's comment is spot on. He's not denying police brutality; he’s just saying to draw attention to the issue by brutalizing your fellow citizens is counter productive. There are way more incidents of citizen brutality than there are police brutality. Perhaps we should have an annual ‘Anti-bully’ protest instead of this drunken street fest against police brutality.
  3. ricardus posted on 03/19/2014 02:31 PM
    A dispersal order was given yet everyone on the scene, before anyone could move anywhere, was targeted in kettling operations. People thus were not given the chance to disperse, unless they had the presence of mind to run down into the intended trap before it closed at Belanger and Chateaubriand. This is blatantly illegal. Never before had the P-6 2.1 been interpreted to target groups not moving about on the streets, though taken literally it could be, as all groups of three people or more on the public domain have, according to the text, the obligation to hand in their itinerary to police or else theirs is an illegal gathering, permitting police to issue a dispersal order. This happened a second time at 4:30 pm at Jean-Talon and Chateaubriand, the lack of itinerary for this group that had no intention to move was clearly cited, and this group, many of which were photographers, were attacked with long iron bars and this caused broken cameras.
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