People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
Photo: AP
People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza

Pro-Palestinian, pro-Israel protesters clash in Montreal

Police in the city declares protests 'illegal' after a peaceful rally of Israeli supporters was interrupted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators; pro-Palestinian protesters held signs, reading 'Israel=Nazi' and 'Israel is terrorist'

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Published: 05.17.21 , 10:29
Canadian police used tear gas Sunday following clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in Montreal, as the worst violence in years raged between the Jewish state and Islamist militants.
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  • Several hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.
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    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    (Photo: AP)
    Although the protest had begun peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.
    The SPVM, Montreal's city police force, declared the protests "illegal," and squads of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two groups, according to journalists at the scene.
    The police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city center, which are frequented by many passers-by.
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    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    People in Montreal attend a demonstration on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to protest Israel's military actions in Gaza
    (Photo: AP)
    Several thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered Saturday in central Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli "war crimes" committed in Gaza. They chanted and held banners, some of which read "Israel=Nazi" and "Israel is terrorist".
    Pro-Palestinian protests were also held throughout Saturday in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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