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The attacks against Québec solidaire and Amir Khadir

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Unfortunately this onslaught is taking on worrying proportions.

There was the detention and fining of Amir Khadir for "obstructing traffic" while participating in an "unlawful" demonstration. Then, the hours-long search of the family home and the televised arrest of his daughter, Yalda. Then this week, the scandalous Québécor media front page headline of "Khadir armed; Charest dead", based on a 2-year-old album cover which Khadir's older daughter Daria had bought. Then today, Charest himself called in the media when he learned that "Mise en Demeure" (the musical group which issued that album) would be performing in the official festivities on June 24 - within an hour, Québec mayor Lebeaume had threatened the organizers of the festival that funding would be withdrawn unless the band was dumped - which they were. And then this, from Amir's Twitter feed:

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Les filles de monsieur Khadir ont trouvé une enveloppe suspecte lors de la réception du courrier ce matin. La texture de l'enveloppe était granuleuse.

Elles ont immédiatement contacté les autorités qui sont arrivées très rapidement à la maison.

La procédure de sécurité habituelle est présentement en cours.

Nous vous informerons des développements.

I'm opening this thread so that we can report on events and try to understand what the political forces at play are. I would also hope that all people of democratic sentiment will defend Amir and QS against these gratuitous and sinister attacks.

 



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Jean Charest would never have heard of this band if the police hadn't kindly raided Amir Khadir's home last week:

Controversial band barred from event

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A controversial Quebec rock band whose album art features MNA Amir Khadir held a press conference late Thursday afternoon after being booted from a Fête nationale concert.

Mise En Demeure, the music group whose album cover depicted Jean Charest dead in front of a gun wielding characature of Amir Khadir, says the premier pressured Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume to force the cancellation of their performance at a music festival.

Lyrics in one their songs call for Education Minister Michelle Courchesne to be clubbed on the head.

Band member Jean-François Néron says it's been blown out of proportion.

"We will kill nobody; don't stress about that," says Néron. [...]

"It's really stupid that a mayor and a Prime Minister ["Premier"] decided to involve themselves... it's censorship," says lead singer Bananarchiste.

Although they won't play on the Plains of Abraham, Mise En Demeure will be holding a counter-performance nearby.


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This is what happens when the media is not but a mouth piece of the government and the political elite unite in collusion.


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Unionist wrote:

Lyrics in one their songs call for Education Minister Michelle Courchesne to be clubbed on the head.

Not a big fan of violence against women in music. I don't really care what the political views of the targetted woman are, it is not cool. There are million things they could have said against her without resorting to incitement of violence.


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I suspect the PQ will say nothing about this, because they are fixated with getting QS out of the game.  The PQ probably thinks it is ENTITLED to the votes QS receives, and hates the fact that QS has provided an alternative to left-sovereigntists(just as the Scottish Socialist Party once presented a possible threat to the left flank of the Scottish National Party when that party was moving further and further to the right on economic issues).


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Ghislaine wrote:

Unionist wrote:

Lyrics in one their songs call for Education Minister Michelle Courchesne to be clubbed on the head.

Not a big fan of violence against women in music. I don't really care what the political views of the targetted woman are, it is not cool. There are million things they could have said against her without resorting to incitement of violence.

Even if that is the case, Khadir shouldn't be punished just because his daughter owned a copy of a DIFFERENT album by the same group.


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Ken Burch wrote:

I suspect the PQ will say nothing about this, because they are fixated with getting QS out of the game.

That's actually an interesting issue to watch. There are conflicting trends in the politicosphere right now. Some call for an alliance of "progressive independentists", others condemn QS for "splitting the sovereignty vote", some would like to give lip-service to independence while focusing on uniting the "left", etc. All that comes into play when Charest plays divide and rule. I'm not an expert watcher on these matters - I'm hoping other babblers will weigh in here with their views and experience.

 


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I've corrected my post on that.  It is a diversion, though, and I won't post on that particular side issue any longer.

If it isn't too much trouble, would you mind correcting your quote of my post to reflect my editing change?


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Ken Burch wrote:

I've corrected my post on that.  It is a diversion, though, and I won't post on that particular side issue any longer.

If it isn't too much trouble, would you mind correcting your quote of my post to reflect my editing change?

I've gone one better, and deleted my response to the diversion. Nature abhors a vacuum, and I keep getting sucked in...


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The media has single-handedly knocked QS back a generation....Could Khadir be re-elected?...I think so but the party itsself is in big trouble.

Funny thing is that the album in question that was confiscated from his residence was reported to be a poster and at no time was reported to be an album cover---from a band that hasn't anything to do with him to boot.

The media is out to kill the party and so far they are meeting their objective masterfully.

But will this unprecedented war on QS help Charest in the next election?...Don't celebrate too soon,Johnny.

If the by-elections meant anything,the PQ will probably win a minority government.


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On June 5, Pierre Curzi (who left the PQ last year to sit as an independent) called for an alliance to beat Charest. Yesterday's Le Devoir published a reply by Françoise David and Amir Khadir - basically saying that ABC (anyone but Charest) isn't going to do the trick - the PQ has to get over its entitlement (as mentioned by Ken above) - that the national project can only come about by means of a social project - that any alliance has to take full account of the burgeoning social and student movement of recent months - that the youth of Québec deserve better than the same old stale platforms and slogans.

Not sure where I stand on all this. But I do know that the state is targeting QS and especially Khadir, and they need to be supported and defended.

 


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Pierre Curzi...I can't say I trust him...I don't remember him as a progressive (unless some people believe in sovereignty as being progressist)

What we don't need is another CAQ masquerading as some sort of uniting alternative.

A problem with the student protests is that if this uprising is only about tuition hikes,the movement will never gain any kind of momentum or any growth in support.

I've made the mistake of assuming that the protests had Harper in their sights as well which,apparently, it doesn't.

I can't see how a political movement can grow if it's fixated on one issue...It would be nice to see this as a social movement but from everyone I've discussed this with,it seems exclusively a student movement.

If that is the case,how could anyone expect anything more than the same old stale platforms,slogans and policies in the future?


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Of course Khadir and his family are being harrassed by the authorities.  I salute Amir Khadir as a champion ally and am grateful for the continued updates.

I think any group (even if it is a band) that is promoting images of politicians shooting each other dead should be called out on it.  That is on the level of some of the more ugly Tea Party factions.  I don't feel this should reflect poorly on Khadir in any way but I sneer at the idea that this band is being censored.

I hope Khadir's and QS's support of the protests continue to bring them more political support.  The arrests and harrassment show how close we could be to a totalitarian state.  Once you can raid anyone's house it is pretty straightforward to find something to smear them with.


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Unionist wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

I've corrected my post on that.  It is a diversion, though, and I won't post on that particular side issue any longer.

If it isn't too much trouble, would you mind correcting your quote of my post to reflect my editing change?

I've gone one better, and deleted my response to the diversion. Nature abhors a vacuum, and I keep getting sucked in...

Thank you, Brother U.  Have a nice day today.

 


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alan smithee wrote:

This Barry Wilson guy has been on a mission.

http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120615/mtl_postscript_...

Christ...he sounds like the last "Westmount Rhodesian" in captivity.


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Quebec Solidaire Open to an Electoral Alliance with PQ  - by Richard Dufour

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/queb-j19.shtml

"Whatever the fate of the prospects for a QS-PQ 'common front', Quebec Solidaire, by signalling that it accepts in principle a political alliance with the PQ, has demonstrated that it will participate in a political operation aimed at harnessing the opposition of students and workers to the election of a big business 'pro-sovereignty' government - a government which would then carry out further attacks on the working class."


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Quebec Solidaire Open to an Electoral Alliance with PQ  - by Richard Dufour

I find it very sad, NDPP, that you continue to post, without comment, these bullshit and ignorant articles from the U.S. about the Québec movement. We know that everyone here is a bourgeois traitor to the glorious cause of the working class (that would include the workers themselves, I guess), but I'd really prefer if it were rubbed in our noses by Quebecers rather than by these foreign ignoramuses.

I find it particularly offensive that they would publish their hateful article against Québec Solidaire and Amir Khadir at a time when the real bourgeoisie - you know, the ones who own and run everything including the media? - are out to destroy QS and Khadir personally. It really makes one wonder which side these World Socialists are on.


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 I post coverage -  your comments complete the package. Still it's a big site with lots of traffic. Why not write them? I do think the writer is in Quebec, not that this matters much. On the Trots' side probably..


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NDPP wrote:

 I post coverage -  your comments complete the package.

When you post stuff you know is bullshit, and expect someone here to clean up your mess, that's worse than trolling.


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wage zombie wrote:

I think any group (even if it is a band) that is promoting images of politicians shooting each other dead should be called out on it.  That is on the level of some of the more ugly Tea Party factions.

The poster is a spoof of Eugène Delacroix's "Liberty guiding the people", a painting that now resides in the Louvre after the French government bought it with the intention of putting it in the royal palace as a warning to King Louis-Philippe.* By those standards, I suppose any spoof of the famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware is an incitement to anti-Empire terrorism. In the 19th century the average political cartoon was harder-hitting than this. Get over yourself, Charest; nobody's hanging nooses outside your office. * (Louis-Philippe was Charles X's immediate successor, so in context that's rather like putting the Zapruder film on display in the Johnson White House.)

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Is this picture really the album cover that is causing such a fuss? If this is over the top violence in the media I am certainly missing something.  How many thousands of worse images are on album covers in people homes all across the country.I think unfortunately it would be the rare teenager of either gender whose music collection did not contain some songs that were both misogynist and violent.  This is about silencing a progressive voice using a species of the Duty to Protect doctrine.

 

 


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