September 12, 2017 10:38 am
Updated: September 12, 2017 3:17 pm

Quebec City police make two arrests stemming from anti-fascist demonstration

WATCH ABOVE: Violent clashes erupted between anti-fascist protesters and police in Quebec City Sunday afternoon. As Global's Dan Spector reports, the conflict was expected to be between dueling demonstrations, both for and against immigration.


Quebec City police have released two people in connection with an August demonstration that saw protesters clash with riot police, on a condition to appear in court.

The two men, 19 and 20, face charges of assault causing bodily harm. The 19 year old is also facing a charge of armed assault. Police are not releasing the men’s names.

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Police in the provincial capital say two distinct groups took part in demonstrations on Aug. 20 and that a third group was involved in another protest, which was declared illegal.

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The protest was broken up by the anti-riot squad and police say an investigation into alleged criminal acts is ongoing.

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Several hundred people had gathered to oppose a demonstration planned by La Meute, a right-wing group that wanted to protest against immigration policies.

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Some demonstrators who defined themselves as anti-fascists ended up clashing with police after blocking La Meute members in an underground parking garage for several hours.

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