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Student strike - lockout and repression #8

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Unionist
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Adapting to fascist repression, with creativity and humour:

CLASSE closes its online calendar of events; and manifswiki.net is born

You see, CLASSE has been blamed by the dictatorship in the past when it announced a demo, and someone broke a window during the demo. Now, it won't be just blame - it will be a $125,000 per day fine, plus a ban on any student union belonging to CLASSE from remitting membership dues for a whole semester - that is, one semester for every day or partial day of violations!

This Reaganite attack designed at either de-"radicalizing" or (in the alternative) financially crushing the student unions is one of the least discussed aspects of Bill 78 to date. We should open a thread to talk about the law, its features, the resistance, besides leaving a thread for news about the strike and the movement itself.

Anyway, coincidentally with the shutdown of the calendar, there is now http://manifswiki.net. Its purpose is to encourage people not to attend demonstrations which might be troublesome or where they might face congestion, etc. - so of course, it's necessary to provide the time and place so everyone knows where and when to avoid trouble...

Let me know if you need a translation!


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Student protests can continue, but under new rules, Montreal police say

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In its statement issued at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the Montreal police force (SPVM) states clearly that protesters are still permitted to take to the streets, but as always, it must be done “with respect and in an orderly fashion.”

The statement also spells out what is expected of protest organizers and participants under the new provincial law and municipal bylaw (rule P-6).

Specifically, the release states, if an organization or group is planning a demonstration involving more than 50 people, it must ensure that police are provided, no less than eight hours in advance, with the event’s date, start time, duration, location and protest route if applicable. Failure to do so can result in steep fines ranging from $1,000 all the way up to $125,000.

“In addition, the city of Montreal has modified the rule on prevention of disturbances to the peace, public security and public order … meaning that it is now forbidden to participate in a demonstration with face covered by a scarf, hood or mask,” the statement says.

The municipal bylaw also requires protest organizers to submit a protest itinerary to police. Anyone breaking the municipal rules is subject to a fine of up to $500.

 


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I've just realized that no mention has been made in these threads yet (I think...?) of Anarchopanda.

Anarchopanda has become something of an icon in the night demos. He's (?) participating in pretty much every single one of them.

Here he is:

He distributes hugs with liberality, including to cops.

He's a balm for the revolutionary soul and a huggable beacon of hope.


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Oh fuck, for no reason the cops are attacking the crowd now.

http://www.livestream.com/cutvmontreal

Tear gas.

The CUTV reporter just screamed - and the live feed stopped!

WTF is going on? She screamed less than a minute after the cops brutally took down a young woman to the ground who was standing and facing them when they formed a line across the road and advanced. The CUTV reporter compared her stance to Tienanmen Square. She was then either gassed or sprayed or physically attacked - no one seems to know yet which.

The Journal de Montréal are announcing that there were two arrests at the corner of University and Sherbrooke.

 


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The feed is back. Cops had taken the CUTV technician down.

 


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Cops have announced that they will now disperse the 300 demonstrators at the front of the crowd, the "hard core", because of "criminal acts", and that the rest of the demo can continue in calm (even though the entire demo was declared "illegal" before it even got going, just after 8:30 pm!).

CUTV crew is running to get to the front of the crowd.

22:48 - another police announcement - they will proceed to dispersal of front of demo using "specialized forces" - and arrest those who don't disperse, because it's an illegal demo. They claim (as usual) that "projectiles" and "smoke bombs" have been thrown at police. They're at the corner of St-Laurent and Ontario. The demonstrators are on St-Laurent heading south. Several are facing cops with their hands up in the air.

22:51 - now it seems the demonstrators have turned to head north - avoid clash with cops? Cops are now hassling the CUTV crew again, ordering them away from the front line.

23:00 - SQ riot squad has joined the city police.

23:12 - Back at Parc Émilie-Gamelin. Cops are attacking sections of the crowd, seemingly trying to divide it up.

23:15 - Police shouting that the demo is a "riot". They're clearing the street, saying anyone who stays in the street will be arrested and detained until at least Monday afternoon.

 

 


Freedom 55
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Unionist wrote:

23:15 - Police shouting that the demo is a "riot". They're clearing the street, saying anyone who stays in the street will be arrested.

 

And until Monday afternoon, right?

[cross-posted]


Unionist
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23:30 - CUTV has just been doing a great interview with our own medic, [I'm not giving his name - he's been saying naughty things about cops and provocateurs - not sure if speech is still legal here... Anyway some of you will know who he is]. He gave a lot of good tactical assessment, saying students need to be better organized (communications during demo, not taking dark or empty streets, watching for people near the front who "smell bad", egging others on - using protection against gas and irritants if you want to be near the front - etc.).

 


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This YouTube video is a 4 minute extract from the CUTV coverage which shows the gratuitous attack by the riot cops, and then (starting around 2:45 mark) the events described in post #94 above, ending with the attack on the CUTV camera person and the cutting off of the transmission.

ETA: Ok, the live stream is back as of 23:52.

 


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It's ironic that here in TO we've just heard a report on how outrageous police behaviour was during the G8 Summit and yet here we go again with the same fascist palooka tactics down the road in Montreal, again, under the auspices of very dodgy and dubious 'law'. Clearly the PTB are upping the ante in terms of use of force and coercion - we are going to have to fight to regain civil liberties supposedly secured decades ago, and put some serious resources into curtailing escalating abuse and violence by our police forces. I understand that a couple of the Quebec student leaders addressed the Marxism 2012 gathering in Toronto earlier today. I wasn't there but  I hope it was recorded and if so, we might have an opportunity to see it.


Freedom 55
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Arcade Fire wore red squares during their performance on Saturday Night Live tonight.


Freedom 55
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I missed hearing exactly what it is that's on fire in the street, but whatever it is... the fire department was called in, and then they withdrew. Police are claiming that they had to pull back because people were launching projectiles at the fire fighters, but the CUTV reporters on the scene are saying that absolutely did NOT happen.


NDPP
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Thomas Mulcair had better open his mouth and say something very soon or his political fortunes will go the way of Jean Charest's. Straight down..


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60 arrests last night - several still being detained. Mostly lies and hysteria today in the MSM, with the usual exceptions, slightly more balanced coverage on Radio-Canada (though definitely not CBC) and Le Devoir. The best sources of information are still the social media, student TV live coverage and commentary, etc.

What now? Will the police be ordered to crack down by applying Bill 78 more strictly? Last night, they "tolerated" an "illegal" demo for a certain time, and they don't appear to have charged anyone under 78. And a big question: When will these desperate fascists attack the student associations, federations, and individual leaders?

One thing is certain. The movement of Québec students cannot be crushed.

 


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Anarchy Rules in Quebec  - by John Snobelen

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/18/anarchy-rules-in-quebec

"The Quebec Junior Anarchists Club (otherwise known as the student unions) have claimed their first political casualty...

Call in the army Jean.

 

the usual from the Toronto SCUM


CDN_FORCES
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NDPP wrote:

Call in the army Jean.

 

Plans are afoot. Seriously.


epaulo13
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"Hell No" - Your Right to Dissent

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TRNN Replay-Michael Ratner: There is a North America-wide strategy to take away the right to mass protest

https://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&...

 


kropotkin1951
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Not just North America. This is global class warfare and they have all the guns and fancy equipment.  The students are doomed to lose and the energy dissipated unless the people of Quebec join them in large numbers.  Once the protests subside we will be into a process like the aftermath of the G8 police riots.  They will arrest a few of the most radical protest leaders and all the liberal organizations will say it was a travesty. Unfortunately with each new round of police riots they become more aggressive and are rewarded with more tools of coercion and instant punishment.  The people united can never be defeated is and always has been a self evident truth.

 


Boom Boom
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I'd still like to see a country-wide general strike but that doesn't mean all the targets have to be the same everywhere.


epaulo13
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..the emerging global movements have built experimental platforms that enable us to not just communicate with each other but to arrive at concensus. the struggle to win is on a global level. we will not win this struggle provincially nor nationally. we must link the global movements. this means resistence and the building of a new world based on direct democracy. electoral politics is divissive and can only be a temporary solution in some cases. electoral politics needs to be replaced as well. imho.


flight from kamakura
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i've just sent the email to quit my job here in san francisco so that i can return home to montreal.  i've been wrestling with it since the nightly marches began, and i just no longer feel that i can be away from the largest progressive uprising of my life (in my own country, that is).  especially since my two idiot brothers, staunchly supportive of the cause, are completely incompetent at getting out and doing anything about anything.

so if you see on the news a particularly handsome, spectacled 30 year old with a fist in the face of the oppressor, shouting in a slightly paris-accented quebecois french, that'd be me.  flight from san francisco.


flight from kamakura
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Unionist wrote:

Xavier Dolan and cast wear red square at Cannes

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"I am determined to show my true colours because I am afraid of what is happening to youth in Québec, goddamnit [câlisse], with this authoritarian regime. The conflict has expanded to unbelievable proportions. It’s not the Québec I knew. I am torn between the première of my film and the fate of my generation,” Dolan lamented to journalists earlier today. [...]

In April, when interviewed on TVA morning news about Laurence Anyways being selected off competition at the prestigious festival, Dolan took the anchors off-guard by starting with a shout-out to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the co-spokesman for the Coalition pour un Solidarité Syndicale étudiante (La CLASSE). “I would like to say first and foremost that Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is doing an amazing job; he’s very articulate and he has impressed me a lot; but also I find, and this is entirely unimportant, that he’s very sexy,” the out gay director chimed.

hard to say how good it makes me feel to hear something like that.


Unionist
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Great news - welcome back, ffk, and bon retour! Hope this is the right decision for you.


Catchfire
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flight from kamakura wrote:
so if you see on the news a particularly handsome, spectacled 30 year old with a fist in the face of the oppressor, shouting in a slightly paris-accented quebecois french, that'd be me.  flight from san francisco.

Brilliant! Can't wait to catch you on the tube!

And a fitting sentiment to end this thread on...


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