Yalda Machouf-Khadir, Daughter Of Quebec Politician Amir Khadir, Freed On Bail

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Quebec Solidaire leader Amir Khadir comments at the legislature in Quebec City about his daughter's arrest by Montreal police Thursday, June 7, 2012. Yalda Machouf-Khadir has been arrested early in the morning and the family house has been searched in relation to student demonstrations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot | CP

MONTREAL - The daughter of Quebec politician Amir Khadir has been freed on bail, under conditions, after being charged with a variety of crimes linked to ongoing protests.

Yalda Machouf-Khadir is free on $2,000 bail, with a $10,000 bond posted, along with other conditions. She has a 10 p.m. curfew and a list of places she cannot go near — including government buildings, Montreal's Jacques Cartier bridge, and a downtown park where protest marches have been starting every night.

The 19-year-old woman was among five people arrested last week, with police entering the politician's downtown Montreal home.

Officers walked in past a doorstep decorated with the red square — the symbol of the Quebec protest movement — and a sign that says: When injustice becomes the law, resistance is a duty.

Machouf-Khadir faces 11 charges in total connection with different events — including break and enter, conspiracy, mischief, assaulting a police officer and assaulting a news photographer.

She has also been charged previously for blocking the Jacques Cartier Bridge and for the occupation of a Montreal college last February — and the Crown cited those repeat allegations while opposing bail for her.

She is the daughter of Khadir, the only elected member of left-wing Quebec solidaire. He is a top critic of the Liberal government's handling of the student crisis.

During her bail hearing, a police officer testified that in the home he saw a spoof of a 19th-century French painting — altered to make Khadir look like a revolutionary hero, with Premier Jean Charest dead near his feet.

Copies of that parody of the 1830 painting by Eugene Delacroix, "Liberty Guiding The People," have been made and distributed by a local rock band.

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