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(en) Canada, Montreal's Tent City Update: Riot police evict Tent City; several reported arrests

From Jaggi Singh <jaggi@tao.ca>
Date Sun, 6 Jul 2003 10:37:56 +0200 (CEST)

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MONTREAL, July 6, 2003 (2:57am) -- Riot police evicted hundreds of
participants at Montreal.s Tent City inside Parc Lafontaine shortly after
12:30am this morning. At least 40 riot police were already placed inside
the large park, and using floodlights in the dark, they proceeded to push
back Tent City participants with shields and batons. Many people scrambled
to gather their belongings, including their tents and tarps, while others
maintained a line in front of the riot police, chanting defiant slogans in
defence of the Tent City. At least four people were arrested inside the
park. According to one legal team member, at least 12 people were arrested
in total.

In one reported incident, two members of an activist video collective were
arrested as they intervened as police attempted to arrest a mother
sleeping in a car with her sleeping young child.

Most tent city participants have regrouped and gathered in the parking
area of the Comite Social, a community center in the Centre-Sud
neighbourhood and home to the Comite des sans-emploi, one of the
co-organizers of today's Tent City. Earlier this evening, several hours
before the police intervention, a general assembly was held at the Tent
City site, with over 100 people participating. Participants voted
overwhelmingly to stay at the Tent City site past the midnight deadline
given by the police, and also return again to Parc Lafontaine on Sunday,
to resume the Tent City, and to continue a program of pre-planned
workshops, activities and communal meals. Some Tent City participants
vowed to return every day next week, and stay every night until the police
evictions at midnight.

One Montreal municipal councillor, Nicolas Tetrault, was on-hand to defend
the police action, and insist that the municipal by-laws that force parks
to close at midnight was justified, despite the housing crisis. The
councillor, who was denounced as a yuppie by bystanders, was forced to
leave the scene.

A previous article about the Tent City is included below.

A Quicktime movie about the squat, by Kevin Walsh, is linked at:

The Tent City website is at: http://tentcity.taktic.org

[by Jaggi Singh, for act-mtl, Indymedia Montreal and CMAQ]

[The previous following article
(en) Canada, Quebec's Housing Battles: Tent City begins in Montreal; Resistance continues at Guindonville - UPDATE
From Jaggi Singh <jaggi@tao.ca>
is linked at:

MONTREAL, July 5, 2003 (7:05pm) -- On a muggy and hot mid-summer
afternoon, hundreds of housing activists and their supporters have
occupied a section of Montreal's Parc Lafontaine, where a Tent City has
been constructed. Hundreds of people continue to occupy the site,
enjoying food, drinks, conversation and music, while others are erecting
tents and tarps and arranging the site. A pirate radio station is
broadcasting about the Tent City (104.9fm in Montreal), and a Tent City
website is online, with web streaming and updated information
(http://tentcity.taktic.org). A general assembly of Tent City participants
is planned for tomorrow, and a full schedule of workshops and activities
are planned for the entire week. A large crowd is expected to be at the
Tent City this evening in support.

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