The southbound lanes of Autoroute 15 were closed on Thursday. Local media in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle in Québec say the closure was due to a “riot.” reports the incident occurred about 3 ½ miles north of the U.S.-Canadian border, near Route 202.

The incident may be connected to anti-austerity protests in Montreal.

The Link reported:

Thousands of protesters converged outside of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s office at McGill College Ave. and Sherbrooke St. on Tuesday to denounce funding cutbacks to the public sector.

The demonstration was a part of an ongoing week of strikes and protests against the provincial Liberal government’s austerity agenda. More than 1,200 organizations participated in actions across the province throughout the day, according to the Coalition des Tables Régionales d’Organismes Communautaires.

In Montreal, the large crowd was comprised of a diverse coalition of unions and community organizations, from the Services Juridiques Communautaires to Personnes Handicapées pour l’Accès aux Services, CEGEP associations to Cuisines et Vie Collectives St-Roch.

The crowd’s message was one of a hopeful prescription for society as much as it was a denunciation of the status quo. For every picket sign that displayed a red dollar sign, there appeared one that brandished a red heart.

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