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Savignac June 7th 2012
Original French Text: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/savignac/amir-khadir-arrestation_b_1576297.html
Other than Magnotta’s macabre puzzle, and the envelopes of revolutionary flour that have been found throughout the city, Amir Khadir was really the news item of the week. Arrested and handcuffed in Québec City during a peaceful but illegal demonstration, given an absurd charge, Amir spent several hours in a bus-prison of the SPVQ (Service de police du Ville de Québec), and many more hours on the front pages of our media. What’s more, his daughter was featured in the news just a little later!
Political opponents first. Members of the government have not passed up a chance to attack him, pointing out his civil disobedience, an unacceptable tactic for a deputy in their eyes. “This is fair,” they say, “this is the healthy game of democracy – and then there goes Amir, going over the top, comparing himself to Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He must be kidding!”, they cry, “He always has to go that one extra step. And then, to top it off, he doesn’t even back down. After the fracas about the portrait of W.Bush, there he goes with a new casserole (sauce-pan). He’ll be banging it for a long time.”
Journal Métro- Readers’ letter for June 1, 2012
In response to Catherine Girard’s article published on Tuesday, “A ‘pure laine’ québécois spring?” [transl.note: “pure laine” means literally pure wool, and is an expression referring to citizens who are of original French-Canadian ancestry.]
Unfortunately, it’s just like déjà vu…Once again, the non-“de souche” [transl. note: like pure laine, de souche, meaning old stock, refers to people who are French-speaking and have lived here for many generations] must justify their existence and defend themselves against the “pure laine” prejudices.
Let’s be honest, the gratuitous and unfounded comments made by sociologist Joseph Yvon Thériault, who alleges that the current quebecois protest movement is mainly de souche, only reinforces the fascist cause in Quebec. Himself belonging to the pure laine majority, he could have thought twice before speaking up about minorities, whom he clearly demonstrated to know nothing about.