Quebec curfew gives rise to protest; 57 got tickets, one arrested

MONTREAL – A small group of protesters gathered in Montreal on Saturday night to oppose Quebec’s curfew. Montreal police (SPVM) say one person was arrested and that 57 tickets were issued.

The Quebec curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. 22:00 to 05.00

The François Legault government believes it is necessary to limit assemblies and slow down the development of the fifth wave of the COVID019 pandemic fed by the Omicron variant.

Saturday night, a few dozen people gathered to defy the rule near the intersection of Sherbrooke and McGill College streets, where the premier’s office in downtown Montreal is located.

SPVM spokeswoman Caroline Chèvrefils said a person was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Police arrest man under curfew in Montreal

Police arrest a man who ran from them at the start of a curfew in Quebec, Montreal on Friday, December 31, 2021. The curfew at. 22.00 to 05.00 is intended to help stem the rise of infections due to COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS / Peter McCabe

She added that 57 tickets were handed out for not respecting the curfew.

Quebec regulation says offenders risk fines of $ 1,000 to $ 6,000. Young people aged 14 and over can be fined $ 500.

– This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on January 2, 2022.

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