Covid-19 Curfew Protest Spirals Into A Riot In Old Montreal

CTV: Rioters set fires, smash windows in Old Montreal curfew protest

MONTREAL — Rioters smashed windows and set fires in Old Montreal during a large protest that took place in violation of Quebec's curfew on Sunday evening.

A crowd had initially gathered in Place Jacques Cartier, chanting slogans such as "Freedom for the Young." However, some present began setting fires in garbage cans and smashing windows of nearby storefronts.

Riot police soon moved in, firing tear gas. By 9:45, the crowd had been mostly dispersed, leaving widespread damage in their wake.

As of 10:15, an SPVM spokesperson said the protest was not considered finished and could not provide details on any arrests or fines.

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Update #1: Protesters defy curfew in Old Montreal, setting fires, breaking windows (CBC)

Update #2: Hundreds defy Montreal's 8 p.m. curfew, breaking windows in city's tourist area (SP24)

WNU Editor: The above video from Mtl. Blog provides a good play by play description of a Covid-19 curfew protest that occurred in Old Montreal this evening. Big crowd, lots of noise, that ends with a large police presence and a riot.

More coverage from Rebel News (see below).

Riot breakout during curfew protests in Montreal, Quebec. Reporting for @RebelNewsOnline more to come at https://t.co/nR2Ow1VfjH pic.twitter.com/UiyJ9V6AkD

— Mocha Bezirgan (@BezirganMocha) April 12, 2021

Earlier today there was a violent police arrest in Montreal that is being widely distributed on Quebec social media (see below).

Riot breakout during curfew protests in Montreal, Quebec. Reporting for @RebelNewsOnline more to come at https://t.co/nR2Ow1VfjH pic.twitter.com/UiyJ9V6AkD

— Mocha Bezirgan (@BezirganMocha) April 12, 2021

As to what is my take on all of this since I live here.

We have been living under curfew since January 9, 2021. A curfew that this province's top health official admits that there is no evidence will impact Covid-19 transmission rates!!!!!

And in all of this the police have been brutal in enforcing the lock-down, dispensing thousands of tickets from $1500(Can) to $6000(Can) infraction!!!!

Frustration is growing. And I fear that this is going to be the start of more protests and riots.

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