Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Protester Arrested on Way to Sister's Funeral: Quebec Protester Arrested on Way to Sister's Funeral

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Protester Arrested on Way to Sister's Funeral: Quebec Protester Arrested on Way to Sister's Funeral

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MONTREAL - A Quebec student activist was arrested while heading to his sister's funeral Monday, an act his lawyer described as "completely inhumane."

Mathieu Girard is the person who had discovered the lifeless body of his sister, who died unexpectedly.

On Monday, Girard was riding with relatives when he was pulled over on the highway on the way to Saguenay, Que., for the funeral. He was stopped near Montreal.

Girard's lawyer said he could face criminal-mischief charges for acts committed during student protests. Lawyer Veronique Robert, who represents many protesters, said people accused of mischief will usually receive a summons by mail or be asked to sign a promise to appear.

"Nothing justifies an arrest like this on Highway 20 -- especially given the fact that he was on his way to his sister's funeral and the police officers knew it," Robert said in an interview.

"That's not hopw you arrest someone for mischief. These aren't people wanted for murder. They're not drug-traffickers. …

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