MONTREAL: Thousands of people are marching tonight in a show of defiance against a legal crackdown by the Quebec government.
The protesters say they're encouraged by the turnout and by the support from bystanders honking their car horns or clapping while they pass.
Opponents of the Charest government — including its political opposition — are now attacking its latest handling of protests, even more than its original tuition hikes.
The Montreal march came hours after the government passed a law setting limits on the ability to protest. Also today, a new municipal bylaw imposed stiff fines on people wearing masks while demonstrating.
A few people in the crowd are in fact wearing masks. However, the mask bylaw and the protest limits are not expected to be applied until tomorrow.
Police said they were given the march route in advance — one of the requirements of the new provincial law. They were not commenting, however, on reports that their phone lines were flooded by people calling to report the route, in a unique gesture of civil disobedience.
The nighttime protests have been going on every night for nearly a month. Some participants say this is their first one.