Arrested for anti-COVID-19 activities in Montreal for tear gas and “very aggressive” small group

Call to stop curfew order, no vaccination passport

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The Montreal Police (SPVM) said on Saturday that a generally peaceful protest against Quebec’s public health activities near the Olympic Stadium began when a small crowd with tear gas and arrests began throwing rocks, firecrackers and smoke bombs at police officers.

“People refused to leave the street and they hurled shells at officers,” said Manuel Koucher, SPVM’s media relations officer. “They were there for a while, and it didn’t march in the same crowd. If others came later to join, those people would be very aggressive enough.”

On Saturday evening, the SPVM reported that an officer had been injured and four people had been arrested.

The department issued 28 tickets for violations of public health measures and six more tickets in connection with municipal regulations.

The inaugural parade, which will feature thousands of Montrealites, will take place in the afternoon at Sherbrook St. and Pi-IX P.L.T. At 5 p.m., it headed east before returning to where it had started, where it had used tear gas.

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The event was organized over the next few weeks in Quebec to protest against wearing masks, vaccinating passports and curfew orders. Dozens of afternoon vaccination appointments at the Olympic Stadium – one of the city’s largest vaccination sites – Moved in the morning Prior to the fight to avoid a confrontation, the organizers had stated that they had no intention of disturbing themselves.

“We are here to support the cause, to stop the restrictions, and to return to a normal life,” said Jelena, who attended the demonstration with her friend Antonella, both of whom did not want to use their last names for privacy reasons. “We are not anti-vaccine or anti-COVID. None of that. It’s just a return to normal.”

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Both women said that despite the locking and curfew order, the number of Quebecs is still high and they think it is time for a different approach.

“There are other areas in the world that are already open and in a state of normalcy, and I think we should probably partner with those governments to see what they are doing differently than us,” Antonella said.

Protesters show their dissatisfaction with government health measures during an afternoon protest near the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, May 1, 2021 during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Protesters show their dissatisfaction with government health measures during an afternoon protest near the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, May 1, 2021 during the COVID-19 epidemic. Photo by Pierre Opendraff /Montreal Gazette

Some protesters carried flags to break the rules and demand the right to make personal choices for their health; Others called for the resignation of Premier Franois Legalt and the closure of the mainstream media. People showed off their children, pets, friend groups and families, some of whom wore matching shirts.

“I oppose my sovereignty and have the right to choose my health freely,” said Ariane Pitcher, who carried a large flag with a few great women. “Even when there are no clients in front of me I wear a mask at work all the time … I don’t accept it, it’s too much for me … I never vaccinated, my parents never vaccinated me, I’m definitely not going to vaccinate for COVID, no one They did not die, they turned the cold into COVID. ”

Quebec recorded 1,101 new Govt-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of provinces to 350,874 since the outbreak first began. A total of 10,933 Quebecs have died in the past week, including at least 46 people.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante used Twitter to express concern about Saturday’s protest.

“Demonstration is a right, I don’t question it,” he said. “Everyone wants to get back to normal. Health measures help that purpose … they need to be respected.”

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More than 30,000 people said they would attend the event on Facebook before the march, and voting on Saturday seemed to line up with that number, although SPVM could not confirm.

Prior to the use of tear gas, the march was said to be quiet, most, but few tickets were issued.

“In most cases, if we remove everything related to health activities, it went much better,” Couture said. “It was a festive crowd. It was quiet people.”

Authorities were on site to control the crowd and remind people of public health guidelines, but Kotzer acknowledged the difficulty in doing so as thousands of participants protested against specific rules. They had to determine if those in close contact without masks were people living under the same roof.

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“There is always a component of the investigation where police officers approach them and identify people, for example, if those people violate public health guidelines, they get a ticket,” Coucher said.

One of the protesters was Maxim Bernier, the founder and leader of the People’s Party of Canada.

“We are here to protect our freedom, we say no to imprisonment, no curfew,” Bernier said. “For the first time in human history we used curfews and imprisonment to fight a virus that must be stopped now.”

One of the latest COVID-19 predictions from the National Institutes of Health in Quebec A promising epidemic situation for the Montreal area over the next few weeks Due to the vaccine campaign. They suggest that if public health guidelines are strictly followed and vaccinations continue, daily case numbers, hospital admissions and deaths will begin to decline by mid-May.

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The Montreal Public Health Department announced Wednesday More than 75 percent of Montreals aged 60 and over have received the first dose of the vaccine In 95 percent of the city, the provincial health ministry’s goal is to have more than 75 percent of the population vaccinated.

As of Saturday, more than 3.16 million Quebecs had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The SPVM dispersed another crowd on Saturday afternoon as people took to the streets during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Jorry Park, throwing objects between themselves and police officers and breaking the windows of businesses.

“The crowd did not cooperate with police officers,” Couture said.

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