May Day protest downtown briefly gets out of hand

There were 5 arrests at a rowdy May Day protest downtown Wednesday night.

 

Police said there were 3 separate protests underway as activists marked International Workers' Day.

Smokebombs and firecrackers were thrown and several windows were smashed as anti-capitalist demonstrators marched on St. Jacques Street near Greene Avenue.

The riot squad quickly called on protesters to disperse and dispatched firefighters to extinguish a small fire on Ste Catherine Street between Peel and Metcalfe.

By 8:30 p.m. Ste. Catherine Street was re-opened to traffic.

With files from CTV Montreal.