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(en) Canada, Block the Empire Anti-Imperialist Contingent (October 28, MONTREAL)

Date Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:13:46 +0200

As part of a pan-Canadian day of protest against the presence of
Canadian troops in Afghanistan this past October 28, at least 500
people joined the BLOCK THE EMPIRE Anti-Imperialist Contingent in
Montreal, despite the heavy pouring rain throughout the march.
-> A PHOTO-ESSAY about the contingent is available at:
http://gallery.cmaq.net/anti-imperialistcontingent <-
The text of the flayer passed out at the demonstration is included
below, with the names of endorsing groups.
To stay in touch with BLOCK THE EMPIRE MONTREAL, about future actions and
events, please contact: 514-848-7583 or bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca

[The following is the text of the flayer passed out to by-standers as
part of the Block the Empire Anti-Imperialist Contingent in Montreal;
for the original pdf, please contact bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca]

Occupation anywhere, resistance everywhere.

October 28, 2006 -- We march today as part of demonstrations across
Canada, in opposition to the continuing military occupation of
Afghanistan. As the Block the Empire Anti-Imperialist Contingent, we
also march together to assert our resistance to imperialism and
colonialism, abroad and at home.

Canadian troops are currently in Afghanistan to allow more US troops
to occupy and kill in Iraq. From Iraq to Palestine, from Lebanon to
Afghanistan, Canada is complicit with US-led efforts to militarily and
economically control the Middle East, while supporting repressive
regimes and undermining grassroots movements for social justice.

Canada's complicity with repressive regimes in the Middle East was
proven this summer with Prime Minister Steven Harper's unconditional
support for Israel's war crimes against the people of Lebanon, and the
continued brutal occupation of Palestine. We stand in solidarity with
the resistance of Lebanese and Palestinians against attacks on their

Canada's complicity in imperialism is also manifested through
corporations that profit from war and misery, like Bombardier, Pratt &
Whitney and SNC Lavalin. Both the Quebec and Canadian governments and
all major political parties actively support these war profiteers. We
march against these tangible corporate manifestations of war at home,
right here in the office towers of downtown Montreal.

Canada justifies its bloody interventions in Afghanistan and Haiti
under a doctrine called "the responsibility to protect". Western
powers create conditions of impoverishment, and then declare countries
in need of the charity of our governments, corporations and NGOs. We
denounce this racist doctrine that is nothing more than the 21st
century's version of the "white man's burden". We denounce all
so-called NGOs complicit with this form of neo-colonialism, whether in
Afghanistan, in Haiti or elsewhere.

Canada's active support for imperialism abroad is rooted in
colonialism at home. There were as many Canadian troops deployed
around the communities of Kanehsatake and Kahnawake in 1990 as are
currently stationed in Afghanistan. Canada continues to criminalize
and repress indigenous sovereignty movements, whether at Six Nations
or Burnt Church, at Grassy Narrows or at Sun Peaks.

We march in clear support for indigenous sovereignty and
self-determination; there can be no justice on stolen land. We don't
support bringing "our" troops home; we want all colonial Canadian
troops demobilized, and the army abolished.

We march today inspired by current movements of resistance and
democracy worldwide: by the Mapuches in the deep south of the
Americas; by the indigenous movements of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador; by
the radical democratic movements of Oaxaca and Chiapas; by poor
peoples' movements in Haiti; by continued anti-imperialist resistance
all over Latin America, Africa and Asia.

We take the streets today in active and direct solidarity with all who
fight and struggle for a liberated world. We oppose Canada's military
presence in Afghanistan, as part of a larger struggle against
imperialism and colonialism. We reject the false choice between either
the Taliban, or fundamentalists like Bush, Cheney and Rice. Instead we
march together to support our collective movements for justice,
dignity and self-determination. Join us!

The BLOCK THE EMPIRE anti-imperialist contingent is supported by the
following groups:
- L'Association étudiante du cégep de Saint-Laurent (AÉCSL)
- L'Association générale des étudiants du Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (AGÉCVM)
- L'Association facultaire des étudiants en sciences humaines de
- L'Association des Jeunes Libanais Musulman-Montréal
- Center for Philippine Concerns (CPC)
- Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees (CADPR)
- Le Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP)
- Le Comité d'action politique-UQÀM
- Le Comité des sans-emploi (Montréal-Centre)
- Documentation Information Ressources Alternatives (DIRA)
- GrassRoots Association for Student Power (GRASPÉ-McGill)
- Haiti Action Montreal
- Immigrant Workers Center (IWC)
- International Solidarity Movement (ISM)-Montreal
- L'Observatoire de l'Asie Centrale et du Moyen-Orient
- La Otra Campaña de Montréal
- Libertad (Cégep du Vieux-Montréal)
- Liberterre
- No One Is Illegal-Montreal/Personne n'est illégal-Montréal
- La Pointe Libertaire
- Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC)
- La RueBrique
- Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG-McGill)
- Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG-Concordia)
- Réseau anarchiste en milieu étudiant (RAMÉ)
- Résistance haïtienne au Québec
- Solidarité sans frontières/Solidarity Across Borders
- Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
- Students Taking Action in Chiapas (STAC)
- South Asia Center/Centre d'asie de Sud (CERAS)
- Tadamon! Montréal
- Unité des socialistes iraniens à Montréal

INFO: bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca -- 514-848-7583
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