‘Biggest Act of Civil Disobedience in Canadian History’

« The single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. »

That’s how yesterday’s Montreal protest is being described today. Hundreds of thousands red-shirted demonstrators defied Quebec’s new « anti-protest » law and marched through the streets of downtown Montreal filling the city with « rivers of red. »

Tuesday marked the 100th day of the growing student protests against austerity measures and tuition increases. In response to the spreading protests, the conservative Charest government passed a new « emergency » law last Friday – Bill 78. Lire la suite

Gaëtan Pelletier – Loi 78 : Le Québec déménage en Corée du Nord

La délection – pardon, délectation,  de la délation

Selon l’amendement présenté ce matin, tout organisateur d’une manifestation de 25 personnes ou plus devra fournir aux policiers, 8 heures à l’avance, l’itinéraire et la durée de cette sortie. Le projet de loi 78 prévoyait à l’origine la même obligation, mais pour une manifestation de 10 personnes ou plus. (Corrigeons : 50) Lire la suite

William Hogeland – Why Police Are Treating Americans Like Military Threats

Préambule : Les 2 et 3 Novembre 2008, sous la houlette de Brice Hortefeux, ministre de l’immigration, de l’intégration, de l’identité nationale et du développement durable, était organisé à Vichy, un sommet européen de l’immigration. Le centre-ville avait été divisé en trois zones. Rouge, inaccessible au commun des mortels. Orange, accessible au faciès. Et verte. Les opposants avaient été parqués dans la ville voisine de Cusset. Lire la suite

Lorianna De Giorgio – Is this the face of the Occupy movement ?

Is this the face of the Occupy movement ? Photos of 84-year-old Dorli Rainey being helped by fellow activists after Seattle police blasted a crowd of Occupy protesters with pepper spray Tuesday have popped up on news websites and blogs around the world. Occupy Seattle condemned the force, posting a statement on its website shortly after the incident saying “we offer our sympathies to the many protesting patriots that were indiscriminately pepper sprayed including a 4’10” 84 year old woman, a priest and a pregnant woman who as of this writing is still in the hospital.”

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Chris Hedges – This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak. They are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers Tuesday morning into garbage trucks in New York City. They have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.

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Christopher D. Cook – Oakland’s Day: A Focused General Strike

It felt almost surreal: more than 10,000 people, perhaps up to 20,000, flooding Oakland’s streets for a General Strike featuring a litany of grievances about capitalism. Never mind the 1960s, this felt more like the 1930s—mobilized in just one week’s time, marching against corporate power and, for many, against the capitalist system itself.

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