Feminist activists occupy Québec minister's office

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Feminist activists occupy Québec minister's office

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[url=http://ruefrontenac.com/nouvelles-generales/55-enjeux/28905-occupation-d... Rue Frontenac[/url], web site of the locked-out Journal de Montréal journalists (my translation):

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[About 15] feminist activists participating in the World Women's March occupied the [Montréal] office of Minister Christine Saint-Pierre Thursday to force a response to their demands to reduce women's poverty. [...]

Besides raising the minimum wage, the occupiers are demanding the abolishment of social assistance "categories"; a specific sex education program aimed at ending the "commodification of women's bodies"; and a law banning sexist advertising.

They are also demanding that Ottawa withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan as well as a guarantee of the right to abortion.

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Finally the useless English-language media have started to notice this day-old news:

[url=http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101015/mtl_women_10101...

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Police were called Thursday night to break up a group occupying the offices of the Minister for the Status of Women.

50 people occupied the office in the afternoon while others protested outside.

Police moved in when the women refused to leave long after the business day was over, arresting nine people.

And from [url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/10/15/women-occupy-minister...

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A handful of women did leave the minister's offices when they were asked to exit, but constable Daniel Lacoursière said nine women continued their occupation and police had to remove them by force. "We are talking about women between 27 and 67,"he said. "They refused to leave the building so they were arrested."



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Here is Émilie Guimond-Bélanger, in charge of the women's section of Québec solidaire, explaining the demands in the context of the International Women's March. You may recall that Émilie was detained for 60 hours during the G20 events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-S4MRtdG-M

 

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[url=http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/societe/201010/17/01-4333... turn out for World Women's March in Rimouski[/url]

 

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At Rimouski, we see Québec solidarité co-leader and MNA Amir Khadir with the locked-out workers of the Journal de Montréal, who just voted 89% to reject the last Québecor offer - after 21 months off the job: