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May Day protests in Montreal target banks and cost-cuttting measures

MONTREAL - Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Montreal and elsewhere in the province to mark International Workers Day.The protests began during the morning rush hour, with organizers saying the focus was on big banks and the Quebec Liberal government's cost-cutting measures.At one point an Old Montreal building that houses many financial and trade institutions was targeted, forcing police to secure the area.Employees had to show their ID passes to get to work inside.The demonstrations brought together a variety of groups that included unionists, students and social groups.The biggest march, featuring several thousand people, was noisy but orderly. It ended at the Montreal Stock Exchange. Helmeted riot-equipped police followed them along their route.

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