Protesters set fire to old Montreal on Sunday evening in defiance of the new 8 pmcurfew, which came into effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases.
A large crowd blocked a street near Montreal Place Jack-Cartier. Some set fire to trash cans, while others extinguished firecrackers and mocked Prime Minister Franசois Legal and chanted slogans demanding more freedom.
Garbage caught fire at several intersections and protesters took what could be seen on the street and threw it at shop windows, scattering many.
Many of the protesters did not wear masks.
At around 8:30 pm, dozens of policemen, some of whom were involved in the riot, began to disperse some protesters.
The provincial government announced the earlier curfew order on Tuesday. Premier Legalt said it was a necessary “preventive measure” to prevent people from entering the home and prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
The first curfew was imposed across Quebec on January 9. Unless there is a valid reason to go out, Quebecs in the province must be in their homes from 8pm to 5am. The curfew order was later changed to 9:30 pm in some areas, including Montreal.