Hi people of earth!
I live in Montréal and I was wondering if you guys un the USA get info about the massive protest against anti-democratic laws passed in Québec.
It started with a tuition hike of 75% over 5 years for the students. The student went on strike and wanted to negociate. The government acted totally immature and refused to negociate. This went on for weeks. On march 22nd a giant march was organised.
The demonstration went totally without any incident of vandalism. Even the police commented on how well it went. But the governement kept the door closed to all negociations.
So people started to get together (coincidentally right after my shift ended) at a parc and walked the streets of Montréal. The first night it happened, the police declared the march illegal after 2 hours. Then stuff started to get intense.
People still kept showing up.
One afternoon, people went to protest the governement's PLAN NORD. It's basicly a plan to sell all ressources of the north of Québec to multinational companies. There would be a lot of fraking done as well. The police got violent with protesters. One of the kids received a flash grenade right in his sternum. It was the second bad move from the police. Earlier a kid lost an eye because a police lauched something at the height of people's head. During that time, the prime minister , in a room full of business men, did a horrible joke about kids lining up to get jobs. Just for laughs was months away. it did'nt go well.
So people still marched nightly to protest but the police got more and more violent. There was the may first march wich got violent 23 minutes after it started.
The government kept on shooting itself in the foot and decided to pass a law that would require a group of 50 persons and more to let them know in advance thier plans of where they would demonstrate or else they could be fined up to 5000$. The mayor passed a law making illegal to wear a mask even if the police if tear gassing people. Now Harper wants to have up to 10 years jail time for someone who wear a mask.
Then people got angry. On one saturdauy the cops totally lost it and pepper sprayed people on terasses that where having drinks. Innoncents were arrested during mass arrests.
Now everyone is protesting and another march was organised on may 22nd.
Since that day everynight at 8pm the people get out and bang on pots to make noise to fight to preserve democracy.