04/12/2015 13:43 EDT | Updated 06/12/2015 01:12 EDT

Montreal police website back online after hack claimed by Anonymous

MONTREAL - The Montreal police website is back online after being unavailable since Friday night due to an apparent hacking incident.The Quebec branch of the hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for the incident in a series of posts on Twitter.The group says it also infiltrated the website of the police brotherhood union. That site was back online Saturday morning.In a series of tweets Anonymous denounced the actions of police during a recent series of anti-austerity demonstrations against the government of Premier Philippe Couillard. The heated demonstrations have led to clashes between protesters and police.The group is calling for the dismissal of a police officer photographed while using pepper spray against the protesters.Anonymous hinted at further action on Saturday in a tweet that claimed they could control most of the city's networks.A police spokesman confirmed Saturday the site was breached. He said no personal information was at risk.The site went back online shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday.