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Montreal Protesters To Be Charged For Assaulting Police Officers

03/25/2015 07:07 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT
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An anti-austerity protest in downtown Montreal ended last night with clashes between police officers and some demonstrators.

Two people are expected to face charges for assault with a weapon against a police officer, and two others are expected to be charged for assaulting a police officer.

One demonstrator and one police officer were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Small group smashes patrol car windows

Thousands of peopled turned out Tuesday evening to march against the Quebec government's austerity measures.

The protest started at Parc Émilie-Gamelin at about 9 p.m. ET and the demonstration was quickly declared illegal under municipal bylaw P-6, because demonstrators did not provide police with an itinerary.

By 10:45 p.m. ET, police had ordered demonstrators to disperse. 

While most protesters were relatively peaceful, a small group of people caused trouble. 

Some people dressed all in black broke the windows of two patrol cars and tossed paint. 

A few storefront windows were also smashed. 

By 1 a.m. ET the streets had mostly emptied. 

The event was organized by an anti-capitalist group called Mouvement étudiant révolutionnaire.

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