Fines imposed after anti-mask dance held in suburban Montreal mall
Police are investigating a dance – as a kind of anti-mask protest – carried out in a shopping center located on the outskirts of Montreal this weekend.
What is known so far is that police officers received a call on Saturday, in which they reported that about 30 people were occupying an area of Place Rosemere, a shopping center located about 30 minutes north of Montreal.
According to a Therese-de Blainville police inspector, the dancers were not wearing masks and did not respect the physical distancing imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police officers appeared at the scene, and together with the mall security officers intervened to end the dance, which lasted about five minutes.
At that time no fines were distributed to the participants, but according to the local police, these will be delivered progressively. As they explained, this is a commonly used technique, especially when protesters outnumber officers.
On Monday afternoon, the police said they had identified 18 violations of current rules and that they had begun handing out sanctions.
Many of those rapes were attributed to a single person, the woman who organized the protest. The police have already identified her. She has no criminal record.
The investigation will continue this week.
It is known that no arrests were made in the incident.