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Politics, Re-Spun: The Casseroles Continue

This is a beautiful video:

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350 or bust: An Open Letter To English Canadians: Why I Am Talking A Walk In Downtown Montreal

Today I’m posting an open letter that was shared on Facebook, written by Daniel Weinstock, a Quebecer to his “English-Canadian friends”, with permission to circulate it. It appears there were 518 people arrested during yesterday’s demonstrations. That’s more than were addressed during the 1970 FLQ crisis when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced the War Measures [...]

350 or bust: Quebec Shows The Rest Of Canada What Democracy Looks Like

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into Montreal’s streets last night to show their displeasure at the provincial government’s draconian anti-protest law, Loi #78. Watching the action on Twitter last night, it was fascinating (and disturbing) to see the hashtag #casseroles start trending after people, many of them middle-aged and older, came “armed” with pots [...]

Politics, Re-Spun: A cacerolazo in Montreal?

There have been a huge amount of reports on Twitter of people grabbing pots and pans and heading to the streets to bang them around and make noise in Montreal.

While it’s impossible to immediately compare the student fees protest with the Argentine economic collapse, it is perhaps poetic that the same mode of protest is appearing in both locations. In Argentina, it’s a cacerolazo. In Quebec, it’s a “concert des casseroles.”

Here’s a photo:

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Politics, Re-Spun: Quebec: Art, Manifestation, & Protest

Photo via Justin Ling, @justin_ling

Watching the Quebec student protests over the past few weeks has been kind of amazing, especially from the Vancouver viewpoint. While the protests have been going on for more than three months – today is the 100th day of protests – they have not really been intensely covered in the English media until the Quebec government of Jean Charest passed Law 78, which is an emergency law aimed at preventing the students from protesting by imposing strict limitations on when and where and how protest can be done. I’ve done some work on drilling

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Politics, Re-Spun: How Dare You Drones Resist?!

It is truly stunning to see how the elites react when people dare speak out against “austerity” – that is, to squeeze even more profits out of workers, students, and citizens in general. Almost as appalling is the way that the corporate media (and often the CBC) follow the party line.

Consider these two recent attacks on Quebec students.

We begin with Margaret Wente’s screed in Saturday’s Globe & Mail, “Tuition protesters are the Greeks of Canada.” For starters, this ignorant and racist rant is an insult to Greeks, to students, and to all Quebeckers.

She condemns the

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Politics, Re-Spun: Quebec Law Seeks to End Student Strikes, Prohibit Protests with 10+ People Without Notice

Tonight in the Assemblée Nationale, Quebec Premier Jean Charest is pushing through a law that would seek to end the Quebec student protests (the #GGI, or the #manifencours).

The law would prohibit “demonstrations” in a “venue accesible by the public” unless the organizers of the demonstration had provided at least eight hours written notice to the police of the venue, the route, the time, date, duration, means of transport. Additionally, the police would have the ability to force a change to any of the details.

Massive fines are provided for organizers who disobey, but also for participants who take part

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