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(en) Canada, MONTREAL, Police attack anti-racist demonstrators

Date Mon, 03 Dec 2007 17:34:44 +0200

Police attack and arrest anti-racist migrant justice protesters at
Bouchard-Taylor Commission ---- Protest and speak-out against the commission to
continue on Thursday
Media requests: Contact Leila Pourtavaf at 514-994-4595 MONTREAL, Wednesday,
November 27, 2007 -- Last night, No One Is Illegal-Montreal and allies began
pickets and speak-outs against the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on "reasonable
accommodation". ---- A statement on the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, and the
racist "reasonable accommodation" debate, is available here:

At least 75 protesters gathered in the lobby of the Montreal Congress
Center, before proceeding past security guards upstairs, near the
hearing room. The protest was well heard inside by the some 190

After more than 90 minutes of protesting outside the hearing, at least
20 police officers entered to remove demonstrators. The protesters
proceeded back to the main lobby of the Congress Center, where
security had earlier said the protest could continue unimpeded. But,
after an eviction order, protesters began to leave. Without
provocation, police targeted individuals for arrest.

During the police attack, uniformed officers pushed and punched
protesters, and used batons; several police had also drawn their taser
guns. The protesters included small children, as well as elders, who
were pushed.

Ironically, one officer, who didn't have ID, identified himself as
"Stante". When asked if he was Giovanni Stante, the officer said
"yes". Giovanni Stante was implicated in the murder of Jean-Pierre
Lizotte in 1999. More background info available here:

During the speak-out outside the Commission, demonstrators addressed
issues like poverty, police brutality, racism, immigration status and
more, thru speeches, music and spoken word.

Photos and updates from the Commission pickets will be posted at

No One Is Illegal and allies refuse to be intimidated by police
attacks, and will return to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission this
Thursday for another picket and speak-out outside the commission. The
protest will begin at 6:30pm at the Montreal Congress Center at the
corner of Viger and de Bleury (near metro Place d'armes).

For more info:
No One Is Illegal-Montreal
514-848-7583 – noii-montreal@resist.ca
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