On 3 April, students in Montreal held a 10,000-strong “national protest against austerity measures and for a more egalitarian budget.”
Students are concerned about the ruling Parti Quebecois's cuts to public services, education and health while hiking the cost of hydro electricity.
The demonstration was called by the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), the militant student organisation which organised widespread student strikes in Quebec in 2012.
Six minutes before it was due to begin, Montreal police declared the march illegal under the city's controversial municipal bylaw P6 which bans masks at demonstrations and requires that an itinerary be submitted before any demonstration in Montreal.
At least two demonstrators were arrested “preventatively.” Police had arrested six protesters by the end of the demonstration.