Po­lice make ar­rests stem­ming from Au­gust demon­stra­tion

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

Quebec City po­lice say they’ve ar­rested two peo­ple in con­nec­tion with an Au­gust demon­stra­tion that saw pro­test­ers clash with riot po­lice.

The two men, 19 and 20, could face charges of armed as­sault and as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm and were ex­pected to ap­pear Tues­dayin a Quebec City court­room. 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.

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

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

The counter-protest was or­ga­nized by anti-fas­cist and pro-refugee groups af­ter at least two Que­be­cers were iden­ti­fied par­tic­i­pat­ing in a white su­prem­a­cist rally last month in Char­lottesvill­e, Va.

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