Yesterday afternoon, what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration against austerity turned violent in the streets of downtown Montreal.
The protest, organized by ASSÉ, started off without incident, but, as has happened in Montreal too many times before, violence inexplicably broke out between the city's police and protesters.
Details are vague as to exactly why Montreal's riot police tear gassed, arrested, and battered a group of 10, 000 citizens, but these live tweets and videos shed some light on the events of the day. The final video claims to be document the initial spark that led to the peaceful protest turning into pandemonium.
Speaking of which, the Anarchopanda made an appearance. Check out the live tweets and images below.
#Montreal: Against austerity,economic violence of capitalism LIVE http://t.co/B46wCPwNvq @assesolidarite #manif3avril pic.twitter.com/zpASohB4le
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) April 3, 2014
thousands chanting & on the streets against the economic violence of capitalism @assesolidarite #manif3avril pic.twitter.com/b9YyWSGFmH — Stefan Christoff (@spirodon) April 3, 2014
Fight austerity with love! If love doesn't work, voting is also an option. :) At today's #manifencours #manif3avril pic.twitter.com/YhyrvkHbSZ — Dario Ayala (@darioayalaphoto) April 3, 2014
Anarchopanda's there. RT@d_20turner #qc2014 #manifencours pic.twitter.com/Mhs1Vcz2hQ
— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) April 3, 2014
#manif3avril : taken earlier today pic.twitter.com/HfeGW01I1M
— Micheal Beaulieu (@michealbphoto) April 4, 2014
"The arrest that sparked all of the chaos this afternoon." - my friend, @shanermurph in action at #manif3avril #mtl pic.twitter.com/BEIdAAPD82 — Tiffany Lam (@tlsy13) April 4, 2014
RT @DemonBalcon: #montreal #manifencours #manif3avril vue d'en haut d'autres arrestations #GGI #tva #Qc2014 pic.twitter.com/ScdyZerRw7 — m_x (@soit_goes) April 3, 2014
CJAD intern Taylor Noakes (w glasses on head) tends to injured demonstrator as cops quash #manif3avril #cjad pic.twitter.com/eQi3bLglnp
— patricklejtenyi (@patricklejtenyi) April 3, 2014
Riot police, st urbain and st catherine. #manifencours continued west on st. Catherine. #manif3avril pic.twitter.com/ynyWlP5jOK
— Erin Sparks (@sparkserin) April 3, 2014