MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Canadian police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of students in Montreal protesting widespread government budget cuts, CTV News reported.
The students took to the streets on Tuesday evening to rally against the implementation of about $2 billion in budget cuts to education and healthcare programs. The government is presenting a new budget Thursday.
An Instagram video posted by a CTV News reporter showed police armed with rubber bullet guns running through the streets.
On Monday, a similar protest with nearly 150 students gathered in downtown Montreal was dispersed by police. Both demonstrations were declared illegal, as students had failed to provide authorities with a marching route.
Student groups said they had hoped the protests would be larger, as the austerity measures touch on major social programs. They plan to proceed with more rallies they name Printemps2015 in the next few weeks, CTV reported.