Anti-Police Rallies 'Turn Violent' in Montreal, Vancouver

Mostly Water 2007-03-16 21:38.

[Editor's Note: So far this is all that we have received; MW would greatly appreciate any reports about International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB), from Montreal/Vancouver/elsewhere, especially those not coming from the pro-cop corporate media, or from the cops themselves.]

Anti-police rallies in Montreal and Vancouver turned violent Thursday as demonstrators clashed with police, leading to several arrests.

Montreal police arrested 15 people late Thursday after the annual demonstration to protest police brutality.

The rally started out peacefully, with about 500 people marching from the city's Cote des Neiges district.

Police say it turned violent later in the evening when a smaller group headed to the city's east end and vandalized stores and restaurants.

The people arrested face a range of charges from unlawful assembly and arson to armed assault on a police officer.

As many as 33 people were arrested during last year's demonstration.

Hours later, demonstrators in Vancouver toppled newspaper boxes, clashed with a television news crew and confronted police in that city's Downtown Eastside.

Mounted police units and traffic officers were on hand to control the crowd of about 30 to 50 protesters. Police say there were at least three arrests.

"At the end of the event, we were able to make some arrests and determined they had caused some damage to camera equipment during the event and I believe a minor assault to police officers," said Insp. Greg Parsons.

"To the best of my knowledge, I believe three people were arrested."