The protest started around 8:15 PM, at park Emilie-Gamelin. The police tolerated the protest, as long as we didn’t break the law in any way. We walked around for maybe 45 minutes, with policemen by our sides, before coming into a halt. The police was blocking our way. We tried to turn around the corner and go in another street, but police cars quickly came in and blocked that street too. We turned around and headed back to where we came from. We walked around and blocked the circulation, walking next to cars while they were honking to show their support. Some drivers got out and filmed us. We kept on walking, until the police made an announcement that the demonstration was now illegal, and people started growning and booing, while helicopters flew nearby. We walked until the police tried to trap us at Place du Canada, which is just like a park. I saw people on the front line turning around and running away from the police, and we all ran across the park to avoid the police. We heard tear gas canisters in the distance. Policemen quickly realized what we were up to and where we were going, so they surrounded us again and threw tear gas. At this point, being only 2 meters away from the cops, I got into a corner store and along with a couple other protesters, we locked ourselves in. When we got out, people were gone, but we could still see helicopters in the sky. I left and took the subway at 9:30, and I have no idea what happened afterwards. I heard people screaming and I saw them running towards something, but that’s about it.
Fairly confident that people have been hurt, but I can’t confirm anything. I definitely saw protesters that had been pepper sprayed. I believe the protest was declared illegal because we blocked the traffic, but yet again, I’m not sure.