Members of “Antifa” took part in a demonstration against police brutality in downtown Montreal on Sunday, despite health officials urging the public to practice social distancing amid a coronavirus outbreak.
Roughly 100 masked protesters took part in the march, right-leaning Canadian news outlet True North reported.
The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality organized the demonstration, according to a Montreal anarchist website.
“In these troubled times, it’s easy to retire within oneself and forget about the rest of the world. We may be in quarantine, but the cops are not, anywhere in the world,” the group said in a post on the Montreal Counter-Information site.
Authorities made two arrests during the event, according to police spokesman Manuel Anglade.
Last week, Quebec Premier François Legault banned gatherings of more than 250 people and cautioned residents of the province that it was time to go into “emergency mode.”
“All of Quebec needs to go into emergency mode,” Legault said. “Our challenge in the next few weeks is to slow down the contagion.”
Health officials have admonished Canadians to avoid large crowds, to practice social distancing and to stay home if possible.
There are now at least 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, in Quebec.
Officials confirmed Wednesday that the province had experienced its first death related to the illness.