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Nearly 300 detained at annual Montreal anti-police brutality march

MONTREAL – About 288 people were detained at Montreal’s anti-police brutality protest Saturday.

They were given fines of $637 for participating in an illegal demonstration.

Officers on bikes and horseback, dressed up in riot gear, forced many of the protesters onto a side street and surrounded them.

The protest was declared illegal, just minutes after it began because it violated Montreal’s P6 bylaw, requiring organizers to give police a route for their protest at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Five arrests were made on a variety of charges, including armed assault on a police officer and mischief.

Aside from a vandalized RDI news truck, there were few signs of the troubles that have marked previous versions of the protest.

Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

The Jean Talon metro station was temporarily closed but normal service resumed after about an hour.

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It was there, at the Jean-Talon metro station where an SPVM police officer was caught on video threatening a homeless man in January.

The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (C.O.B.P), believes the incident  illustrates how police are trying to eliminate the homeless, marginalized population with mental health or substance abuse issues, from the public sphere.

The Collective also believes that social profiling is influenced by municipal politicians, in response to repeated requests from business-owners and residents.

WATCH: Protester speaks out on why he’s demonstrating against police brutality 

In February, Alain Magloire was killed after wielding a hammer in what police officers said was a threatening fashion.

Magloire was found to be suffering from a mental illness.

In 2011 a homeless man, Mario Hamel, was shot and killed by police after they responded to a call about Hamel wielding a knife in downtown.

The Association for Student Union Solidarity ( ASSE ) will also take part in Saturday’s event and want to demonstrate their opposition to the repressive measures taken by any police force.

Co- spokesman Justin Arcand believes that police brutality was at the heart of the student protests in 2012.

He argues that police tactics directly infringe on the rights to freely express themselves.

Even though the SPVM said that police do not intend to prevent demonstrators from expressing themselves, past events have turned violent, resulting in clashes with police and hundreds of arrests.

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Police declared the protest illegal minutes after it began.

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Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

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Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

Marc Latendresse / Global News

Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

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Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

Billy Shields / Global News

Unlike most years, protesters did not demonstrate downtown but were at the corner of Jean -Talon and Chateaubriand.

Billy Shields / Global News

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Greek lawmaker leaves Golden Dawn, cites allegations of violence – National

ATHENS – A Golden Dawn lawmaker has left the party, claiming he was shocked by recent allegations about violent activities by members of the extreme right party, including attacks on immigrants.

Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos will remain in parliament as an independent.

Golden Dawn’s remaining 17 lawmakers have responded by calling Alexopoulos a “liar,” “defamer” and “coward” and calling on him to resign.

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According to a resume posted on his personal website, now taken down, Alexopoulos joined Golden Dawn in 1996.

Greece’s financial crisis helped Golden Dawn gain nearly 7 per cent of the vote and 18 seats in Greece’s 300-member Parliament.

A crackdown by authorities on the extreme right-wing party started after last year’s fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.

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Kevin Spacey fires back at Ford Nation slight with group ‘photo’

TORONTO – Kevin Spacey has fired the latest salvo in the social media spat between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his city councillor brother Doug Ford.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor tweeted a crudely edited group photo of himself with the Fords Saturday morning.

Spacey’s tweet was in response to the most recent episode of Ford Nation, the YouTube show produced by the brothers.

During the segment, Doug Ford alleged that while the mayor was waiting to appear on late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Fords were told they couldn’t talk to or take a picture with Spacey, who is currently starring in House of Cards.

WATCH: Doug Ford calls actor Kevin Spacey an “arrogant S.O.B.”

Doug Ford said while Spacey is “an incredible actor,” he also thinks the star is “an arrogant S.O.B.”

He says Spacey should get off his “high horse and be real and take pictures with people.”

Rob Ford took a more muted approach, saying he doesn’t watch movies and wouldn’t know Spacey if he ran over him.

Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and a frequent guest of the Toronto International Film Festival. He made the 2010 movie Casino Jack in Toronto.

WATCH: Kevin Spacey takes a shot at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Spacey, who appeared on Kimmel’s show ahead of the mayor’s main appearance, was asked about sharing a dressing room with the controversial politician to which he responded: “Well, he threw up all over it, but those are the chances you take.”

– with files by Global News

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