Montreal police deploy riot squad after back-to-school party is shut down

One minor was arrested during the ordeal, in which garbage cans were lit on fire and objects hurled toward Montreal police officers. File photo. File/Global News

Montreal police deployed its riot squad after a back-to-school party in the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal borough was shut down by organizers Saturday night.

The party, organized for youth ages 14 to 18 and held at a reception hall near the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Mont-Royal Avenue, was closed after the venue reached capacity.

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A brawl started indoors before moving out to the street, where some individuals waiting to get into the party joined the fight.

Montreal police were called around 8:30 p.m., and the riot squad was deployed after a mob began throwing objects and lighting garbage cans on fire.

“One minor was arrested during the ordeal,” said Montreal police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron.

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“One other may have sustained minor injuries, but we did not locate that individual.”

The individual who was arrested is facing charges of arson, assault on a police officer and assault with a weapon.

The crowd dissipated around 11:30 p.m., shortly after the riot squad used tear gas.

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