Montreal police arrested at least 150 people Friday afternoon in downtown Montreal during the 17th annual march against police brutality, organized by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality. (MAXIME DELAND/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - Police arrested at least 150 people Friday afternoon in downtown Montreal barely one hour into the 17th annual march against police brutality.
Police declared the march illegal less than 15 minutes after it started as protesters didn't provide a route prior to the 500-person gathering, as per city bylaw.
One person was arrested with a bag full of knives and what police said was ammunition.
Police in riot gear and some on horseback chased protesters through the downtown streets and launched stun grenades in the air to disperse the crowds.
Two officers were injured. One of them received a knee in the face by a protester and was transported to hospital. As of 7 p.m. Friday, it was unknown if any protesters had been injured.