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Quebec Protester Shot In The Face With Tear Gas At Anti-Austerity Rally

03/27/2015 03:10 EDT | Updated 03/30/2015 09:59 EDT

Quebec City police are under fire after a HuffPost Quebec video showed an officer shooting part of a tear gas canister in a protester's face.

Naomie Trudeau-Tremblay, 18, and her mother want the officer to face charges after she was injured at a rally on Thursday, Radio-Canada reported.

A video shot at the protest by HuffPost Quebec shows an officer firing tear gas in Trudeau-Tremblay's direction at close range, hitting her in the face.

A picture of her injury circulated on social media.

"I was gasping for air ... I lost consciousness," Trudeau-Tremblay told CBC.

Neither she nor her mother identified the officer, but they say they have his badge number.

François Moisan, a spokesman for Quebec City's police service, told HuffPost Quebec that it's too soon to say whether the officer in question would be disciplined, but he said police will try to obtain all the facts about the incident through internal meetings.

The incident began when riot police arrived at the anti-austerity protest outside Quebec's National Assembly around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Radio-Canada reported.

Police tried to contain protesters to an area outside the assembly building, but the situation escalated. The protest was declared illegal since protesters did not submit an itinerary for the demonstration, as is required under a municipal bylaw.

Quebec deputy premier and Minister of Public Security Lise Theriault called the images troubling and has asked for a briefing on the situation, Le Journal de Quebec reported.

The rally happened two days after another, where 274 people were sanctioned for taking part in an illegal demonstration, Radio-Canada reported.

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