Protesters denounce police strong-arm tactics
Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:55PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:26AM EDT
A group of about 50 demonstrators assembled downtown at an anti-police brutality rally organized by the Collective Against Police Brutality and the ASSE student group Wednesday evening.
The demonstration, the second of its kind in a month, included a speech from Robert Fransham, who said that he was injured by police at a demonstration on April 3.
Fransham, 71, said that he was videotaping the proceedings and attempted to get out of the thick of the action when he suffered injury.
"I went down and my glasses went off of my forehead. It caused a lot of bleeding and I got a leg tangled up in my bicycle frame, which required stitches and which his why I am hobbling now," he told CTV Montreal prior to the demonstration.
"I spent the better part of April in the hospital."
A number of other speakers then addressed the crowd but declined to be interviewed about their cause, saying media coverage of demonstrations is biased.
One protester said in recent years police have changed how they deal with protests.
"We've seen over the last few years that the tendency to miltarize police, the tendency to repress social movements is becoming more and more exacerbated, and it has concrete effects on us -- more and more victims, young and old, and we're here to denounce this tendency to violence."
Police ticketed two demonstrators for allegedly tossing papers on the ground, according to a police representative. Those fines will cost $100 plus additional costs.
Police outnumbered the protesters at the gathering, held just outside police headquarters near St. Urbain and St. Catherine.
On March 15 police handed out 288 tickets costing $638 each under municipal bylaw P6, which forbids protests in which leaders fail to provide their marching route.
-With a file from The Canadian Press
A speaker addresses the crowd at the anti-police brutality demonstration Wednesday. (CTV Montreal May 7, 2014)
A demonstrator blocks a camera attached to a police helmet camera at the anti-police brutality demonstration Wednesday. (CTV Montreal May 7, 2014)