“Some of those arrested were people police recognized from earlier student demonstrations that had been deemed illegal,” said Montreal police district commander Alain Simoneau.
“In the interest of public safety, we decided to detain these people.”
Masks, rocks and knives were among the objects seized by those arrested. Most of those arrested will be released without charge, while others arrested in neighbouring suburbs could be charged, Mr. Simoneau said.
Lots of tourists come from all over the world. If people start to disrupt the race it’s not good for the country or the province.”
The anti-capitalist group organizing Sunday’s protest had suggested packing the subway with as many people as possible, making it difficult for fans to get to the race.