Quebec reinstated an 8 p.m. curfew in Montreal and Laval on Sunday, April 11, and residents took to the streets to protest.
MTL Blog reporter Alex Melki was on the scene throughout the destructive protest, capturing the moments that rioters got "a little rowdy."
"Cars were lined up on Notre-Dame Street East, honking along with the crowd’s chants. One man on a megaphone was reminding everyone that 'what’s important is that you’re here,'" Melki told Narcity.
More Footage from #AntiCurfew #Protest / #Riot in #Montreal #Antilockdown #Antilockdownprotest https://t.co/Lu2YkfMgQF— Oswaldo Royett (@ Oswaldo Royett)1618206462.0
"Things ramped up fast" from there, according to Melki — a fire was started using trash from nearby businesses and eventually a wooden public bench.
Anti-#Curfew #Riot in #Montréal. Attacking a public bus now. https://t.co/D2flNmsK4P— Satoshian (@Satoshian)1618206397.0
Cops rushed towards the crowd, banging on their shields. "It was windy too, so embers started flying up and almost caught some nearby trees on fire," Melki said.
#Montréal #protest and #riots https://t.co/KXgBQoAQ2R— Satoshian (@Satoshian)1618206490.0
According to MTL Blog, seven people were arrested and 107 fines for violating public health rules were handed out.
This is my friend's shop after the riots. Protesting curfews was more wrecklace than good for all #Montrealers, es… https://t.co/HHDkUZ64nB— Leslie Perez (@Leslie Perez)1618215172.0