Protesters surrounded by police on anniversary of mass student demos
Published Friday, March 22, 2013 8:54PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 22, 2013 10:35PM EDT
Police in Montreal quickly moved in to break up a student protest in Montreal on Friday evening that marked the one-year anniversary of a massive student protest against Quebec tuition hikes.
A group of protesters gathered at Park Emilie-Gamelin at about 6:20 p.m. While in the park, police informed the group that any protest would be in violation of the P-6 municipal bylaw, Sgt. Jean-Bruno Latour of Service de police de la Ville de Montréal told CTVNews.ca.
Despite the police warnings, the group started to leave the park by about 6:30 p.m., and police intervened shortly after.
Some groups of protesters were subjected to kettles, a controversial crowd-control tactic where people are penned into a confined space. Some bystanders complained they were kettled because they were near the group of protesters.
It was expected that the protesters would be given tickets for participating in an illegal demonstration, as per the P-6 municipal bylaw.
The bylaw ticket carries a $637 fine.
On March 22, 2012, tens of thousands tens of thousands of students staged a march in protest of three-per-cent-a-year tuition hikes imposed by the Parti Quebecois government.
The largest student protests were held on the 22nd of each month
Protests against these tax hikes are still frequently held, but they are much smaller than the events of last year.
As of about 8:00 p.m., no injuries were reported.
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV Montreal