COVID-19 Civil Unrest in Montreal

Thousands protest in front of Premier Legault’s Montreal office

  • By Chelsey St-Pierre and Beryl Wajsman The Suburban
  • 3 hrs ago
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Photo by Gina Conforti

Photo by Gina Conforti

Photo by Gina Conforti

Thousands of protesters – estimates put the number at close to 5,000 – gathered Sunday in front of premier Legault’s head office in Montreal.

The group leading the protest, Action Coordination, advocates that the lock-down measures have caused more damage to public health than the damage the government intends to avoid.

Many families with children attended as it was also advertised as a holiday gathering. There was a large police presence on site. The majority of protesters were not wearing masks and were warned on several occasions by officers using loudspeakers to respect sanitary regulations and distancing or police would use enforcement procedures authorized by the emergency health regulations.

Multiple arrests were made on site. According to an eyewitness, one arrest included a mother accompanied by her three children. Protesters marched east on Sherbrooke, yelling out “Liberté” and “un peuple uni ne sera pas vaincu”(a people united shall not be defeated.) There were drums and pots and pans being used as noise makers.

Onlookers living in proximity watched from their windows as the crowd marched by, some offering encouragement and others yelling out angry words.

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Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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