International Day Against Police Brutality in Montreal
March 15, 2009
Undercover cops attacked after making arrest
Demonstration and barricade building
17 to be arraigned today
Montreal Gazette [Quebec]
March 16, 2009
MONTREAL – Seventeen people are to be arraigned at the Montreal Municipal Courthouse Monday afternoon on charges related to Sunday’s chaotic march through downtown Montreal against police brutality, in which police arrested 221 people.
Police estimated protesters caused $200,000 in damages to store and hotel windows, cars and police cars. Two police officers suffered minor injuries.
The 17 were detained Sunday night for charges including assault, mischief, theft and possession of a weapon with dangerous intent, Montreal police Constable Laurent Gingras said. Fifteen others were arrested on Criminal Code violations but were released and will probably appear in court at a later date.
Monday morning, workers at two adjacent hotels on Sherbrooke St., the Hitlon Garden Inn and the Mariott Courtyard, were preparing to replace large windows that were cracked during the march. A twisted garbage can lay not far away on Sherbrooke St. Police said the damaged police cars were removed to garages, but they could not say how many were damaged.
Another 189 people were given tickets for municipal by-law infractions, mainly for unlawful assembly. They will probably receive tickets of $144 in the mail, police said.
Of the total 221 arrested, there were 198 men and 23 women. Forty-one of those arrested were minors. Two minors are among the 17 expected to be arraigned Monday.
Police ruled the demonstration illegal shortly after it began at 2 p.m. Sunday near the Mont Royal métro station because some marchers held objects that could be used as weapons, police said.
About 400 protesters marched along St. Denis St. and Sherbrooke St. toward downtown. Police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets at people throwing rocks and bottles. By 9 p.m., police filled four buses and several police vans with those arrested.