On the sidelines of a demonstration led by two far-right groups, La Meute and Storm Alliance, anti-racism counter-protesters scuffled with police in Quebec City, on Saturday.

Under the slogan of “Destruction of the colonial state and white supremacy,” counter-protesters hurled snowballs at police officers, who responded with chemical irritant. Far-right demonstrators were seen unfurling their banners and flags as the tensions flared.

Police reportedly arrested 44 people in two separate incidents, as security forces deployed on site tried to keep the two protesting groups apart.

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