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Jean Portugais August 28, 2012
Original French text:http://www.bloquonslahausse.com/2012/07/la-classe-lance-un-appel-aux-temoignages-sur-la-repression-policiere/
The Ligue des droits et libertés (League of Rights and Liberties), the legal committee of the CLASSE (the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante / Broad Coalition of the Association for Student Union Solidarity) and the Association des juristes progressistes (Association of progressive lawyers) are joining together to collect testimonies, from now until the 13 August 2012, from students and citizens who, since the start of the student strike, have been the subject of intimidation, police brutality, arrests, detention, any form of accusation or reprisals, or who have been denied access to public spaces or services because they were wearing a red square.
The three organizations intend to produce a report with these testimonies, which will thus allow a more global view of the breadth of the repression by the policing, judicial, and political systems. We invite you to examine the attached explanatory document (which includes a memory-aid to help you write your testimony, and to send us your testimonies at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, you can write to us at email@example.com or consult the Facebook page.
Nicole Filion, Ligue des droits et libertés (www.liguedesdroits.ca)
Andrée Bourbeau, Comité légal de la CLASSE (www.bloquonslahausse.com)
Sibel Ataogul, Association des juristes progressistes (www.ajpquebec.org)
Original French Text: http://www.bloquonslahausse.com/2012/06/la-classe-denonce-lintimidation-policiere-et-gouvernementale/
Montreal, June 13, 2012 – The Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) denounces what it considers to be a strategy of intimidation on the part of the police forces and the government. In effect, the cases of preventative arrests, of political profiling, of police brutality and of intimidation have multiplied in the last few weeks.
“The majority of arrests said to be ‘preventative’ were in fact only a grand gesture aiming to create a climate of fear toward the student movement and all people who dare to criticize the liberal government’s policies. This spectacle has to stop”, declares Camille Robert, co-spokesperson for CLASSE. The organization underlines its solidarity toward the people who were arrested and detained during the Montreal Grand Prix and call to mind that the notion of preventative arrests itself is highly worrisome, as much legally as ethically.
Many of the tactics used by the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) in the last few weeks are reminiscent of those used toward criminal groups: arrests rather than notices to appear in court, heavy media coverage of arrests, political profiling, accusations of a terrorist nature, etc. “These arrests and detentions take place in a more general context of political profiling directed toward the students, which feeds an unhealthy climate that isn’t favorable to political and social debate on the subject of the increase in tuition fees,” continues Madame Robert.
Original posted to Facebook on Sunday, June 10. Because I don’t have permission to include the person’s name, I’ve cut it out, though in the original he signed it.
“I was just arrested by the police, given a ticket because I didn’t have the light I’m supposed to have (it was broken and in my pocket: I showed it to them). I was then told it was “better to shut your mouth when you’re wearing a red square. The cop TRUDEAU (blonde, paunchy, aggressive, earring on the left side) then arrested—violently—one passer-by who asked what was going on and refused to identify himself (it’s his right if he’s not suspect of an infraction) and they left with the guy after giving me my ticket.
One of the guy’s friends asked just before what the laws for bikes were, in order to make sure he wasn’t breaking any rules, and was told, “shut your hole and go home.”
All of this took place in an atmosphere of free, drooling, provocative intimidation from the cop and left me believing that the denigration into political profiling is truly growing.
I’m absolutely certain I was the object of police abuse in a state becoming, I’m very much afraid, more and more policed.
Attention, dignified and respectable citizens, the time is now for this to overflow toward those who believe in common good and mutual assistance.”