From Montreal, dramatic coverage of the Montreal street battles on friday (October 29) night when thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in a bloody riot.
From Montreal, dramatic coverage of the Montreal street battles on friday (October 29) night when thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in a bloody riot. Over 100 people -- including at least 75 policemen -- were injured, and 60 demonstrators were arrested. The demonstration had begun as a peaceful protest by trade unionists at the looking-out of employees of the French-language newspaper "La Presse". It was held in defiance of a police ban.
Included in this film is coverage shot the following morning, showing bomb and riot damage. The riot sequences have some good natural sound with them, and the dayside aftermath is silent.
SYNOPSIS: Montreal, Canada... and a peaceful trade union protest march on Friday night in defiance of a police ban. But it didn't remain peaceful....and erupted into a bloody battle with riot police as about eight thousand demonstrators protested at the locking-out of some employees on the French language newspaper "La Presse". One trade union leader tried to halt the growing anger, but failed.
Over one hundred people, at least 75 of them policemen, were injured. Over 60 people were arrested. Police reinforcements were rushed to the scene and eventually managed to break up the riot by riding motor-cycles at the crowds. The violence was scattered through several streets, and several police vehicles were badly damaged -- including a totally-destroyed police bus. Another bomb was found and dismantled by police outside the home of an executive of La Presse, which has been involved in the labour dispute since July -- when three hundred and fifty journalists were locking out. The 'paper stopped publication on Thursday, and will reportedly hot being again until the dispute is settled.
At the explosion outside the police armoury, a watchman was injured and the building severely damaged. By daylight, the full extent of the damage was assessed -- and first estimates put it at several hundred thousand dollars.