Quebec City police in riot gear clashed with protesters on Sunday as a counter demonstration that was organized in opposition to a planned right-wing event turned violent.
Several hundred people gathered around a building to oppose a gathering planned by La Meute, a group considered close to the far right.
Masked members of the counter protest could be seen throwing beer bottles at police officers who were trying to keep them away from the building where some of the La Meute protesters had taken refuge.
Fireworks were thrown and smoke bombs were placed in garbage cans as other clashes between police and demonstrators took place on nearby streets.
Police said on Twitter that the event was eventually declared illegal due to “acts of violence and vandalism.”
While the situation seemed to have calmed down by 3 p.m., tensions flared an hour later.
The group was there to counter a rally organized by right-wing groups who are …