Montreal

Montreal protest in support of Lac-Simon community declared illegal

A protest in Montreal organized to show solidarity with the First Nations community of Lac-Simon got heated Monday night, as rocks and smoke grenades were thrown at officers.

Montreal police call on crowd to disperse, use tear gas after protesters throw rocks at officers

The rally was declared illegal after protesters threw rocks and smoke bombs, Montreal police said. (Radio-Canada)

A protest in Montreal organized to show solidarity with the First Nations community of Lac-Simon got heated Monday night, as rocks and smoke grenades were thrown at officers.

About 150 people gathered Monday night at around 7 p.m. for the protest called Indigenous Lives Matter.

The rally was organized to show support for the Lac-Simon community, where a police shooting last week killed 25-year-old Sandy Tarzan Michel.
The Indigenous Lives Matter protest kicked off peacefully at 7 p.m. (Radio-Canada)

Police said the protest started off peacefully but after about an hour and a half, some rocks were thrown at officers who were patrolling on bicycles.

Police said smoke bombs were also thrown in officers' direction.

No one was injured.

Police declared the protest illegal and called on the crowd to disperse, then used tear gas near the intersection of Parthenais Street and de Maisonneuve Boulevard.

The crowd quickly dispersed, ending the protest shortly before 9 p.m.

No arrests were made.
Smoke bombs and rocks were thrown during the protest. No one was injured. (Radio-Canada)