Heated May Day protests took place in Montreal yesterday (VIDEO)

May 2 2019, 2:15 pm

In one of the many rallies being held around the globe, a group of unions, organizations, and students gathered around Montreal last night in a series of May Day protests.

May Day, also known as International Workers Day, occurs on May 1 and is dedicated to the working class and stems from the 19th-century labour movement in the US when unions rose up to fight for better pay and working conditions.

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The rallies in Quebec are calling for a more united workforce and a more eco-friendly environment.

The protesting group, some of whom identify as anti-capitalists, said that fighting climate change is the number one priority and that workers must be taken care of.

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Riot squads for the SPVM and the Sûreté du Québec were on site in full force to control the May Day protests.

Montreal Police say the protests began at 7 pm near Atwater and the Lionel-Groulx Metro and resulted in five arrests, various offences, and acts of mischief.

Photographer, N.K Quatre, was on site for the rallies and posted an in-depth video of the protests to YouTube this morning.