Demonstrators lit fires and shouted slogans in Previous Montreal Sunday night in defiance of a brand new 8 p.m. curfew that went into impact to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 circumstances.
A big crowd blocked off a avenue close to Montreal’s Place Jacques-Cartier, a big cobblestone sq. within the coronary heart of the historic previous metropolis.
Some protesters lit fires in rubbish cans at intersections, whereas others set off fireworks and chanted slogans deriding Premier François Legault, and demanding extra freedom. Nonetheless others picked up what they may discover on the road and threw it at retailer home windows, shattering many.
Most of the demonstrators weren’t carrying masks.
Dozens of police, some in riot gear, arrived on the scene round 8:30 p.m., at which level some protesters started to disperse. At 10 p.m., the police had been nonetheless there, trying to find small teams of protesters scattered within the streets.
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Legault stated final week that he was rolling again the curfew from 9:30 p.m. to eight p.m. in Montreal and Laval regardless of a comparatively steady case rely as a precaution, as a result of heavy presence of extra contagious virus variants.
The federal government beforehand positioned Quebec Metropolis, Lévis, Gatineau and several other municipalities in Quebec’s Beauce area — all of which had seen sudden spikes in circumstances — beneath the sooner curfew.
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Some protesters interviewed by Radio-Canada questioned the federal government’s logic behind advancing the curfew. Some claimed that Quebec is exaggerating the severity of the pandemic, whereas others stated there was no scientific justification for the curfew.
Minister says well being system strained
Quebec Well being Minister Christian Dubé informed Radio-Canada he believes the protesters characterize a tiny a part of the inhabitants.
“We see it within the polls, folks proceed to pay attention, folks proceed to pay attention to what we’re going by way of,” he stated, citing the continuing pressure affecting the province’s health-care system.
A curfew was first imposed throughout Quebec on January 9. It required Quebecers throughout the province to be of their houses from 8 p.m. to five a.m. until that they had a legitimate cause to be out.
The curfew was later moved again to 9:30 p.m. in some areas, together with Montreal, and lifted altogether in a few of Quebec’s extra distant areas.