An annual demonstration against police brutality has ended with at least two arrests after Montreal police ordered protesters to leave the downtown core on Friday evening.
Police spokesperson Manuel Anglade said so far one person was arrested for making threats against a police office and a second person was arrested for mischief.
No injuries were reported, he added.
Earlier in the evening, police said they had witnessed “illegal behaviour” from protesters and asked them to disperse. During the demonstration, a Global News cameraman was also rushed by a protester. He is unharmed.
“Due to offences committed during the demonstration, we order everyone to disperse and leave the area,” the city’s police force said on social media. “Otherwise, we will have to intervene.”
The public was also advised to steer clear of the area near Crescent, de Maisonneuve, McGill and René-Lévesque streets.
The annual event began at 6 p.m. near Guy-Concordia Metro station before the group of demonstrators took to the streets. They made their way through downtown amid heavy police presence.
Montrealers attend the protest each year on March 15 to denounce what they describe as systemic, racial and political profiling by the city’s police force.
In 2018, the demonstration came to a quick end after shop windows were vandalized.
— With files from The Canadian Press