Moroccan Festival Turns Violent In Laval

The riot squad had to intervene to end a Moroccan festival on Saturday night in Laval.

Around 6 pm, the police had to act to put an end to a fight between a hundred young festival-goers aged 15 to 18 years. The police ignore the reason for this brawl.

The revelers would then attack the policemen who wanted to disperse them. The officers “were surrounded by young people and received rocks,” says Lieutenant Genevieve Villemure, spokesperson for the Laval Police Department.

The riot squad was dispatched to evacuate the site, located at Highway 15 and Boulevard du Souvenir.

A policeman and a citizen were injured during this police operation, which mobilized about fifty agents.

A 15-year-old was arrested for assaulting the army and disturbing the peace. He was interrogated by the investigators and released under a promise to appear.

The festival was in its first edition. According to its website, “The Moroccan Festival of Laval is the fruit of the collaboration of the Moroccan Association Moubadara, the day camp Leisure and Pleasures, as well as a group of parents of Moroccan origin, all with heart Sharing their culture with the Quebec community. ”

Saturday evening shows have been canceled, but the festival will continue as scheduled on Sunday, 4 pm to 11 pm.

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