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Canadian police use tear gas as Israel rally attacked by pro-Palestinians

Clashes break out after Palestinian activists arrive at Israel solidarity event; police declare both rallies ‘illegal’

People attending an Israel solidarity rally in Montreal run as pro-Palestinian activists throw rocks at them on May 16, 2021 (Screen capture/Twitter)
People attending an Israel solidarity rally in Montreal run as pro-Palestinian activists throw rocks at them on May 16, 2021 (Screen capture/Twitter)

MONTREAL, Canada — Canadian police used tear gas Sunday following clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in Montreal, as the worst violence in years raged between the Jewish state and Islamist terrorists.

Several hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

Although the protest had begun peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

Video showed rocks being thrown at the pro-Israel rally.

The SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests “illegal,” and squads of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

The police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city center, which are frequented by many passers-by.

Several thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered Saturday in central Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war crimes” committed by Israel in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian protests were also held throughout Saturday in other Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

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