May 18, 2012 10:58 PM ET
Authorities cracked down on thousands of protesters, many of them students, flooding downtown Montreal near the Berri-UQÀM metro station Friday night after Molotov cocktails were thrown.
As many as 10,000 people attended a march against Quebec’s emergency law in the tuition crisis. Critics say the new rules infringe on civil rights.
The march unfolded peacefully for more than an hour, stretching along several city blocks under the setting sun.
But police declared the protest illegal at 9:54 p.m. after incendiary devices were thrown from a small section of the crowd, near St-Laurent and René-Levesque Boulevards.
A Canadian Press photographer reported seeing at least two Molotov cocktails thrown and there were other reports of multiple devices being tossed.
Projectiles were also tossed at riot police, who responded with tear gas and noise bombs, and ordered all protesters to disperse.
Police in armour blocked St-Laurent Boulevard in an attempt to contain the crowd.
Some smaller groups splintered from the main march and made their way down side streets in Chinatown.
The main march continued, snaking westbound on Sherbrooke Street and then eastbound on Ste. Catherine Street West.
Protest vibe ‘electric’
Shortly after the march got underway, protesters said they were encouraged by the turnout and by the support from bystanders honking their car horns or clapping while they passed.
Many described the mood as “electric”.
Opponents of Jean Charest’s government have begun attacking its approach to the protests, even more than the tuition hikes that originally sparked the unrest.
Friday’s march in Montreal occurred just hours after the government passed a law limiting the ability to protest and laying out fines for those who don’t follow the new rules.
Also Friday, a new municipal bylaw went into effect that allows people wearing masks while demonstrating to face stiff fines.
Some people taking part in the march were wearing masks, but the mask bylaw and the protest limits were not expected to be enforced until Saturday.
Police said they were given the march route in advance — one of the many stipulations of the new law.
The nighttime protests have been going on every night for nearly a month — Friday’s was the 25th in a row.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
1515 3819512 41
his path of destiny = 41 = Things get ugly.
Jean Charest was born on June 24th, 1958 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Charest
June 24th, 1958
6 + 24 +1+9+5+8 = 53 = his life lesson = Combative. Fighting for the truth. As a matter of principle. War of words.
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