Police forces across Quebec distributed dozens of $ 1,550 tickets on Saturday evening to protesters opposed to sanitary measures that defied the curfew.
From one end of the province to the other, they intervened in the minutes which followed the entry into force of the measure which aims to slow down the community transmission of the virus.
In Quebec City, around 20 demonstrators in front of the Musée de la civilization, in the Old Port, around 8:20 p.m., received such fines. Some of them who refused to be identified were detained, said Officer Étienne Doyon.
In the metropolis, a provisional report shows 17 reports issued for non-compliance with the curfew to people demonstrating near the Mont-Royal metro, said agent Caroline Chèvrefils of the Montreal Police Department. .
In Sherbrooke, a dozen people participating in a demonstration against sanitary measures received statements of offense, the police service confirmed.
The statements of offense, from $ 1,546 in 2020, rose to $ 1,550 this year, or $ 1,000 for the fine to which are added $ 300 in costs and $ 250 in contribution.
The Sûreté du Québec for its part confirmed that demonstrations took place on its territory during the hours of the curfew and that statements of offense were issued. A report will be drawn up during next week, said agent Marie-Michèle Moore.
“Despite a few incidents, we noticed excellent collaboration from the population in respecting the curfew,” the police force also wrote on Twitter. We will maintain an increased presence in order to enforce all applicable rules. “
On the South Shore of Montreal, in Longueuil, no report was issued, although a demonstration had been announced on Facebook and many people promised to be there. “We got there and there was no one there,” said Captain Jean-Christophe Fortin of the Longueuil agglomeration police department. The effect of the $ 1,500 finding has put a lot of people off. “
Also in Montérégie, several patrol vehicles from the Châteauguay Police Department (SPC) circulated in the streets to ensure that the curfew was respected in the towns of Châteauguay, Beauharnois, Léry and Saint-Isidore. By midnight, the police had intervened with 143 vehicles and 161 citizens. They handed in six tickets.
Despite a good volume of vehicle traffic on the main arteries of this territory of 68,000 inhabitants, “most vehicles intercepted and citizens arrested had a valid reason which is present in the list of exceptions,” said agent Jenny. Lavigne, spokesperson for the SPC.
In general, the streets were quiet everywhere in Quebec. The images from Transports Québec cameras showing highways almost deserted compared to normal were striking.
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