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Denise Eva Ouellette - Verchères June 11, 2012 (Published June 13, 2012)
Sunday, June 10, around 8:20 PM, we were two retired couples, two young couples, and seven children who were playing together in the park of Verchères. It was a peaceful and festive demonstration against Bill 78, as usual, for a half hour.
We were suddenly accosted by four drunk young men in their twenties, in two cars. They were obviously seeking a provocation, with a dozen eggs on the dashboard. One of them came up and aggressively started questioning the young men, who didn’t take the bait. In brief, one of them launched a violent verbal barrage, another one of them video recorded it, and they threw eggs at us, while the young father answered back politely. Two girls were crying, and one of the boys, a bit more aware of what was going on, was worried about his dad.
As seniors, we were more vulnerable, and we watched anxiously, trying to protect the children. We were stunned that this could happen in a quiet town like ours. We called the police, and they came to speak to witnesses, including a visibly shaken person who saw what happened as he was driving by. We filed a complaint. All this to say: there is an urgent need in Quebec to resolve this gangrenous social crisis for which Mr. Charest is principally to blame.
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