MONTREAL – Police made at least two arrests at a small demonstration today held to mark the first anniversary of the Occupy Montreal movement.
About 50 demonstraters gathered in the downtown square across from the Montreal stock-exchange building where protesters set up camp a year ago.
After occupying the square for about a month last fall, they were forcibly removed by police in November.
One year later, people were back today to make brief speeches and several dozen then marched through downtown streets, chanting along the way.
The protesters, many of them wearing black and with their faces covered, disrupted traffic.
At one point, they tried to enter the downtown offices of Quebec’s Caisse de depot pension-fund manager, but the doors were locked. They also entered the offices of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, but they were chased out of the building.
A few minutes later, riot-equipped police rushed the small crowd as it made its way along Ste-Catherine street, one of the city’s main downtown arteries. That’s when the arrests were made.