Quebecers were generally respectful of the historic curfew that came into effect on Saturday, but police still handed hundreds of tickets to the few protesters and offenders across the province.
“Regardless of the measures, there are people who will oppose it. All in all, [les manifestants] were relatively marginal [samedi] », Underlines André Durocher, spokesperson for the Association of Quebec Police Directors.
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According to a compilation made by The newspaper Sunday, the Quebec police forces handed over more than 300 tickets of at least $ 1,500 during the night from Saturday to Sunday.
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Montreal police quickly put an end to a minor curfew protest on Saturday in front of Laurier Park.
The Sûreté du Québec, with more than 150 fines for non-compliance with the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, tops the list.
For their part, the Montreal police issued 84 tickets while those in Quebec City gave 31 on the first evening.
The increase in cases linked to “cheating” during the Holidays amply justifies the curfew and this more muscular approach, according to Roxane Borgès Da Silva, professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal.
“Relying solely on the goodwill of the people was not enough. With the daily number of cases that we see these days, we cannot afford a growing trend and take the risk that there are still so many illegal gatherings, ”she said.
The government said it was satisfied with compliance with the new measure on Sunday.
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“I want to thank you for your solidarity. We do it for our healthcare workers and to protect the lives of our vulnerable people, ”Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault wrote via Twitter.
For his part, Prime Minister François Legault praised the work of the police.
One thing is certain, the message of the government passed since the streets of the province were even more empty and quiet Sunday evening.
The police were still very present on the ground, in particular at the Longueil metro, to enforce the curfew.
On the North Shore of Montreal, The newspaper was checked twice in Blainville. In Lévis, our journalist was checked three times in the space of 40 minutes.
And a few minutes after 8 p.m., a citizen who was walking his dog did not hesitate to stop and call the police when he saw an employee of the Newspaper who had no animal.
In the deserted streets, only a few meal delivery cars circulate and wait waiting for an order.
For Marco Giroux, manager of Le Bureau de Poste restaurant in Quebec City, the evening was very quiet.
“I believe that people may not necessarily yet be aware that we are considered an essential service,” he says.
As for the gas stations, too, it was dead calm. Several had also decided to close earlier for reasons of profitability.
– With Cédérick Caron, Roxane Trudel, Anne-Sophie Poiré, Jérôme Gagnon and Catherine Bouchard
Tickets for curfew not respected discounts by the police on Saturday
Sûreté du Québec: 150
Montreal: 84 *
Quebec: 31 *
Thérèse-De Blainville: 12
Longueuil: About ten
* Of these findings, 17 were returned to Montreal and 20 to Quebec during anti-curfew demonstrations.
Sources: police forces