Montreal police said they made 10 arrests and issued 144 tickets to protesters, all of which were for refusal to wear a mask.
Ten people were arrested and police officers issued 144 tickets during a demonstration against COVID-19 health measures on Saturday in Montreal.
All of the 144 tickets issued were in relation to people refusing to wear masks.
One of the protesters had an arrest warrant, police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron said Saturday evening, and others could face charges including possession of a weapon and assaulting a police officer. He did not clarify what type of weapon police officers seized during the protest.
Earlier on Saturday, police spokesperson Manuel Couture said the crowd of thousands of people was mainly made up of families who generally did not seek confrontation with the police, said Manuel Couture, a spokesperson for the Montreal police.
“On the other hand, there were a few small groups who confronted police and did not respect health measures,” he said.
The protesters gathered around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of McGill College Ave. and Sherbrooke St., not far from the Montreal offices of Prime Minister François Legault.
“From the start, we had police officers who intervened, made arrests, and gave tickets for non-compliance with sanitary measures,” Couture said. “We are mostly talking about not wearing a mask and physical distancing.”
Protesters then began to zigzag through downtown streets for several hours, forcing police to redirect traffic.
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) said 14 bus lines were rerouted downtown because of the protest.
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