About 60 people gathered in Square Émilie-Gamelin at 7p.m. on Friday before marching throughout the downtown area.
Some demonstrators held candles. “It’s a vigil that we’re doing for the people who were arrested during the demonstration against Plan Nord which took a bad, bad turn,” said one demonstrator who spoke anonymously.
The demonstrator said that one of their friends had been arrested earlier in the day. “It’s for that that I’m here – to not forget the police brutality,” he added.
The march zigzagged through downtown Montreal, notably passing in front of Palais des Congrès, the site of the day’s action. Up to 16 police vehicles followed the demonstration.
Intervention from the riot squad was limited to after demonstrators attempted to do a “U-turn” on Maisonneuve. No physical confrontation occurred, though one demonstrator received a ticket of $150 for peeing underneath a bridge near the south Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) operational centre. The protest dispersed around 9:20 p.m.