Montreal will pay three million to protesters whose rights have been violated

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Montréal will pay three million to protesters whose rights have been violated

SPVM police violated the rights of hundreds of protesters.

The City of Montreal will pay more than three million dollars to hundreds of protesters whose rights have been violated by the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM).

This settlement will put an end to eight class actions brought against the City. The plaintiff alleged that the participants in six demonstrations had been illegally arrested or detained by the SPVM during an encirclement and had been unable to exercise certain fundamental rights.

The law firm Melançon, Marceau, Grenier et Cohen, which represents the participants in the class actions, indicated in a court-approved notice that the municipality will publish an apology on its website and will acknowledge that certain actions of the SPVM and of the municipal administration violated the fundamental rights of these demonstrators.

These demonstrations took place between June 2012 and March 2014. Some were aimed at denouncing police brutality and a municipal by-law that limited demonstrations. Another was to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of student protests against tuition hikes during “Maple Spring”.

The settlement must be approved by the Superior Court of Quebec. A hearing on this subject is scheduled for December 21.

The City of Montreal has agreed to pay a total of six million dollars to settle these eight class actions and eight other cases based on similar facts and questions.

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