Thousands march in defiance of new law
Published Friday, May 18, 2012 11:52PM EDT
MONTREAL - Thousands marched through the streets of Montreal Friday night after the Charest government adopted controversial legislation earlier in the day.
Police temporarily declared the protest illegal at around 10 p.m. when projectiles were thrown at officers. At least one Molotov cocktail was thrown, while police used tear gas and rubber bullets.
But protesters soon resumed marching and continued to do so peacefully for several hours.
As of 11:30 p.m. police reported making only one arrest.
The latest march came only hours after the passing of Bill 78, a new law designed to put an end to the three-month long student protests.
The City of Montreal also introduced a bylaw on Friday banning masks during protests. That law comes into effect on Saturday.
The nighttime protests have been going on every night for nearly a month. But at least one participant said Friday was their first.
Milly Pominville, a 20-year-old junior college student, acknowledged she was nervous attending the protest after the passage of the special law.
"I don't want anything bad to happen,'' she said. "But I hate Jean Charest so much. He has to go.''
Pominville called the new law "stupid'' and vowed to return for
the marches every day from now on.
with files from The Canadian Press