On May 23, protesters began to gather at 7:30 p.m. at Place Émilie-Gamelin before taking to the streets around 8 p.m. to protest the provincial government’s austerity measures. Approximately 100 students headed peacefully down Ste. Catherine before being pushed eastward by the Service de police de la ville Montréal (SPVM) riot officers at Phillips Square,. Around 8:30 p.m., the police detained one protester for a P-6 violation at the corner of Bleury and Ste. Catherine. While photographing that protester, McGill Daily photographer Shane Murphy was ordered to leave the area by an SPVM riot officer, and upon questioning this and stating that he was media, he too was arrested. Later in the evening, a total of 44 people were detained and fined, 42 for blocking traffic and two for wearing masks. Three people were fined for obstructing police work.