April 11, 2012 - Coop Média de Montréal
People arrested during the demonstration against police brutality on March 15th 2011 gathered today in front of the Municipal Court of Montreal. The Ligue des droits et libertés, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the CLASSE Legal Committee, as well as people arrested during the recent student strike were also present in order to denounce the criminalization of political action.
By Richard Dufour - WSWS
Quebec’s Liberal government is using repression — arrests, court injunctions and the threat of canceling the winter semester — to force an end to a nearly two-month-long strike of university and CEGEP...students. Nevertheless, almost 200,000 students are continuing to boycott classes to oppose the Charest Liberal government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent over the next five years, beginning in September.
By Stefan Christoff - March 23, 2012
In recent months, popular anger toward the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has been building. From riot police violence against the growing Québec-wide student strike, to continued police killings in the city, police are facing a growing crisis in public confidence...Montreal police chief Marc Parent is presenting an untruthful narrative of events to the public and media, a line that attempts to justify police violence...and works to justify increasingly militarized police tactics in the city.
By Tim McSorley - Coop Média de Montréal
Two weeks ago, the undergraduate students in our School voted to go on strike; last week, our graduate students joined the ranks. This week, all students, graduate and undergraduate alike, will be boycotting classes. As Concordia faculty, we fully support the strike. Here are the top ten reasons why.
Statement Supporting the Syrian Movement for Dignity and Self-Determination and Opposing Militarization of the Struggle and Foreign Military Intervention
March 16th, 2012 - Tadamon!
...[W]hile the Syrian opposition faces the harsh repression of state military and security forces, it simultaneously finds itself courted by powers which view the Syrian popular uprising as an opportunity to advance economic and strategic interests antithetical to the goal of self-determination for the peoples of the region. Just as the Syrian state...cynically uses the language of resistance to justify its repressive hold on power, Western states hypocritically support calls for democracy and denounce the brutality of a regime with which they have cooperated in the past...
By Scott Weinstein - March 16, 2012
I'm just back as a medic from the large student strike and anti-police brutality demonstration in Montreal where the cops were shooting exploding tear gas canisters and flash-bang grenades into crowds of people -- really irresponsible, criminal and injurious.
March 15, 2012 - CBC News
Police ordered anti-brutality protesters to disperse, with riot officers charging the crowd as some threw rocks...At least 1,000 people showed up at the Berri metro station Thursday for the annual march against police brutality...In 2011, 258 people were arrested.
By Jooneed Khan - March 14, 2012
Thomas Mulcair's [New Democratic Party] leadership bid is looking more and more like a counter-attack by the 1 per cent to take over the NDP and steer it towards the so-called "extreme centre," and even turn it into a "New Liberal Party." That is something Quebec voters will not accept. The 1 per cent does not fear a backlash: a rightward shift would make the NDP decline -- if not disappear in Quebec -- and the moribund Liberals could reap enough votes to breathe new life into their party.
March 11, 2012 - Coop Média de Montréal
These despicable...actions from the City of Montréal’s Police Service can be better understood in the broader context of the rising police violence and political repression in KKKanada, as illustrated by the mass arrest and illegal detention of more than 1,000 protesters during the G-20 counter-summit in Toronto...the creation of a special squad by the Montréal police to repress the anarchist movement, as well as the high number of murders perpetrated by police officers.
CBC News - March 8, 2012
Francis Grenier...told CBC News from his hospital bed that he doesn't know if he'll regain vision in his right eye...Grenier said he was in front of the Loto-Québec headquarters Wednesday afternoon playing the harmonica when an officer told him to leave...He said he was starting to leave the area when riot squad officers started launching stun grenades over the crowd. One grenade missed him, but a second detonated close to his face, he said.
By Tim McSorley - Coop Média de Montréal
As thousands of students prepare to demonstrate in Quebec City this afternoon, the strike against tuition fee increases continues to grow: As of today, 84,500 students are officially on strike, with another 16,000 or so having voted in favor of a strike mandate, but not officially going on strike. This means the total could soon reach the 100,000 student mark, with some of the largest student associations in the province still to hold votes in the coming weeks.
By Stefan Christoff - February 28, 2012
Tens of thousands of students are on the streets protesting moves by the Québec Liberal government to inflate post-secondary tuition fees by $1,625 in the next five years. A serious grassroots battle is underway as students hold major street protests, sit-ins, and direct actions...Montreal is alive with dramatic protests. Tens of thousands took to the streets in a major demonstration last week, the largest strike action to date, emptying the schools of students.
By Pierre Beaudet - rabble.ca
...[H]ere we have a New Democratic Party campaign that is going nowhere...More than that, the front-runner is now an ex-Liberal Minister who was known for his trade-union bashing and his love of free trade agreements, not to mention his "affair" with Israel...Mulcair was also not only a staunch anti-nationalist, he even fought hard against Bill 101 (to protect the French language). Even if people tend to forget things, not many people will give him any credibility when he says that he speaks "for Quebec."
By Stefan Christoff - Coop Média de Montréal
CBC coverage of Quebec student protests in downtown Montreal today is driven by a painfully obvious bias against the student strike...News reports via CBC have consistently failed to scrutinize violent police actions against striking students, and the station's coverage bends toward the austerity-driven logic of the Quebec government's policy to hike tuition fees.
By Tim McSorley - February 23, 2012
As a news outlet, the [Huffington Post Quebec] surely doesn't need to line up uncritically behind the student movement. But when its main headline describing today's actions...calls the situation "CHAOS," and that the main blog post they are promoting on the topic is a weak attempt to delegitimize the movement by questioning whether it can be called a strike...one would wonder if they aren't simply lined up on the same side as Péladeau, Qubébecor and Sun News...