MONTREAL - Several hundred protesters took to downtown streets Saturday night to participate in an anti-police brutality march, which saw fireworks lit and construction signs tossed.

Police declared the march, which began at 9 p.m. at Emilie Gamelin Plaza, illegal from the outset as organizers failed to provide their intended route prior to the event.

Yet police tolerated the protest, which saw the marchers walk against traffic on Ste. Catherine St.

One of the marchers’ main grievances, according to their Facebook page, was what it said was a police report explaining that 46 percent of all complaints filed at the Police Ethics Commission since the beginning of the student demonstrations were made by people participating in anti-tuition hike protests.

-With a file from The Canadian Press