Dozens Face $4,700 Fines After COVID Curfew Protests in Montreal

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Dozens of people reportedly face large fines after gathering to protest a nighttime curfew in Montreal, Canada.

Francois Legault, Quebec’s premier, announced on Thursday that a nightly curfew would be reimposed for an indefinite period from New Year’s Eve, in response to a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the Omicron variant.

The province had imposed a nightly curfew in January last year that was not lifted until late May.

Quebec’s latest curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Those who break it face fines of between $800 (1000 CAD) and $4,750 ($6,000 CAD).

According to CTV News, a few dozen people gathered near Legault’s office in downtown Montreal on Saturday night to oppose the move.

Caroline Chèvrefils, a spokesperson for Montreal police, said the 57 people were handed fines for breaking the curfew. One person was also arrested for assaulting a police officer, she…

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