Anarchists Arrested at Montreal Union Demo
Anarchist Arrested at Union Demo - Montreal, QC Quebec
Sunday 13 March 2011 - Ainfos
Today, March 12, 2011, 12 people were arrested at an anti-austerity demonstration in Montreal, QC. The demo, which was around 3000 strong (or should we say 3000 weak?), was organized by various student and worker’s unions throughout the city. A group of anarchists chose to insert themselves into this demonstration, but were isolated by the unions and the lack of a larger anarchist presence. The unions, those disgusting organizations that have turned themselves into state collaborators, and demo “security” continued to push the anarchists to the back of the demo. At this point a swarm of between 30-50 riot police on foot and horseback encircled everyone dressed in black. It was later confirmed that this was the “preventative arrests” squad who were deployed to break up the contingent.
Some people were able to fight their way out, but twelve people were arrested. The mounted police formed a circle around the group being arrested to prevent anyone to pass through. The union security formed an outer ring to help the police in their efforts. Everyone else stood by passively with the exception of a dozen or so sideliners who shouted “Porc, Flics, Assassin,” and “let them go”, which in presence of the crowd seemed to fall upon the dead ears of the unionists. A lack of rage and action penetrated the rest of the demo as people marched obediently from point A to point B. Many of us who just narrowly escaped police hands had lost our voices trying to get through to the crowd. Their pathetic fighting spirit did nothing to help free our comrades from the guard dogs of the state.
The Montreal Gazette has reported that ten people are being charged with conspiracy, any details beyond this are unknown. A solidarity demonstration is being planned for 9pm outside of their holding cells.
This is a continuation of targeted state repression against anarchists, which is not something that surprises us but instead just increases our rage and desire to act against them. Conspiracy is becoming a big deal.
Solidarity is our Weapon. Confrontation must spread.
Fuck the Police and their collaborators.