Student protester arrested en route to his sister’s funeral (La Presse)
Vincent Larouche June 11, 2012
Taking advantage of the fact that his sister had passed away and that he had to go to her funeral in Chicoutimi, the police have just stopped a student protester that they have had their sights on for quite some time.
Mathieu B. Girard, age 19, an activist from the student union of Maisonneuve College, was driving with his mother and his brother on Highway 20, earlier today, when a Sûreté du Québec patrol car intercepted them near Saint-Hyacinthe.
The policemen had arrested the young activist for mischief, at the request of the Montreal police. The rest of the family had continued on to Chicoutimi for the funeral, but not him. He should appear in court, tomorrow, at the Montreal courthouse.
“We can confirm that a person was stopped in link with the student movement. The person was wanted and will be transferred to the operational centre concerned with mischief committed in the public transport network”, explained Sergeant Laurent Gingras, spokesperson for the SPVM, who refuses to share any personal information about the young man’s situation.
Mathieu B. Girard’s sister had killed herself last Saturday. It was he who had discovered the body, and he had had to meet with the police concerning this case.