P-6 Protest at City Hall
Three masked protesters pose in Montreal’s City Hall during a debate on the rescinding of 2012-amendments to municipal bylaw P-6 on April 23, 2013. Photo Brian Lapuz
A protester blows a horn following the defeat of Norris’s motion to repeal 2012-amendments to municipal bylaw P-6 on April 23, 2013. Photo Brian Lapuz
Montreal City Hall security guards preventing protesters from entering the council chambers after the P-6 vote on April 23, 2013. Photo Brian Lapuz
Montreal City Hall security guards preventing protesters from entering the council chambers after the P-6 vote, on April 22, 2013. Photo Brian Lapuz
Protesters stage an impromptu sit-in after their scuffle with Montreal City Hall security guards April 23, 2013. Photo Brian Lapuz
Anarchopanda speaks to police officers during a demonstration in front of city hall on April 22. Photo Erin Sparks
Riot police closely patrolled the area around city hall during the April 22 demonstration against bylaw P-6. Photo Erin Sparks
Protesters hold a sign calling for the resignation of interim mayor Michael Applebaum on April 22, 2013. Photo Erin Sparks
On April 23, around 50 protesters gathered at Montreal’s City Hall for a second day in a row to witness council vote on the controversial bylaw P-6.
The bylaw bans protesters from wearing masks, and requires the demonstration’s route to be submitted 24 hours in advance.
Ultimately, councillors voted to keep the bylaw as is.
Many cheered, booed and blew horns as they watched the debate on a projector screen outside the council chambers, while other protesters stood close to the speakers to hear the councillor’s arguments.
Projet Montréal councillor Alex Norris proposed the motion to repeal the section banning people from wearing masks at an illegal demonstration and the section requiring the disclosure of a protest route. The latter is responsible for the detention and ticketing of hundreds of protesters this spring. Those ticketed face a fine of $637.
Norris’s motion was defeated by a vote of 34 to 25.
The amendments to bylaw P-6 in question were voted during last year’s Quebec student strike, but were not enforced until this year.