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Jean Barbe June 12, 2012
Original French text: http://blogues.journaldemontreal.com/barbe/actualites/pour-le-quebec/
It’s seemed evident for a while now, but Charest’s insistence on demonizing the red square, and the recent statements made by the minister of culture Christine St-Pierre about Fred Pellerin’s refusal to be inducted into the Order of Quebec, leaves no room for doubt: “We know what the red square means: it means violence, intimidation and preventing people from going to school.”
Call it a PR strategy, if you will. The Charest governments plan is clear enough and has 3 main objectives;
1. To demonize the red square and to reduce the social crisis to a simple complaint from students who are violent and categorically refuse to negotiate.
2. More fuel for the fire: to incite anger and provoke violence by making derogatory statements, by passing Bill 78, by using excessive police pressure, by illegal dispersions, and mass arrests illegal all the same.
3. Playing politics: triggering elections where the Liberal Government will present themselves as champions of the law, order and democracy in an attempt to distract us from their disastrous political career.