Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Montreal Thursday afternoon for a protest against austerity measures, which was timed to coincide with a spring election.
It was organized by the radical student group ASSÉ — the group behind some of the more raucous student demonstrations two years ago.
It began at 2 p.m. at Place Émilie-Gamelin, and was declared illegal almost as soon as it began. Organizers declined to provide an itinerary as required under a municipal bylaw.
But rather than stop the march, police allowed it to snake through the streets of downtown.
Police made two arrests.