Canada attacks anarachists

Ray (raycunhm@macollamh.ucd.ie)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 11:20:19 +0000


Irish Anarchist Paper

Canada attacks anarchists

"It would make me feel ill to free anarchist
philosophers" ...Canadian Judge

Raids have been carried out on anarchists in Quebec
following rioting on June 24th in which the
National Assembly (government building) was
attacked. Groups targeted have included Food Not
Bombs and the collective producing the magazine
'Demanarchie'. One member of 'Demanarchie' was
even arrested for selling the paper at a popular youth
hangout. In a statement they said

"The Demanarchie collective rejects all claims of
authorship and ownership of the St-Jean riot at
Quebec City. Bear unto Caesar that which is Caesar's:
the riot belongs only to those who participated in it.

As we explained quite clearly in our editorial, the
one that you find so controversial: "The Riot is a
spontaneous phenomenon". This is to say that the
accusations of a conspiracy and premeditation are
nothing but lies meant to criminalise us on the basis
of our political beliefs.

The hunt for scapegoats is an attempt to disguise the
authorities' responsibility for the ever-worsening
social climate which is making more and more
young people feel like they have less and less to lose.

If you really want to find those responsible for the
damage done on the St-Jean, go check out the cops
and the mass media. Policies of zero tolerance and
sensationalistic blather provoke the excitement and
the violence of crowds.

You can gag the anarchists, but you won't be able to
silence the cries of the excluded."

The police also raided a house where people who
worked with Food Not Bombs (a radical anti-poverty
group) lived. Three people were arrested when
police found a few alleged pot plants. At their bail
hearing the prosecutor described them as dangerous
agitators and noted that they had not been in Quebec
City the night of the riot but had distributed
"subversive propaganda" and then had "others do
the actual work" for them.

The judge refused them bail, declaring that "It would
make me feel ill to free anarchist philosophers" and
claiming that their pot plants were part of a sinister
plot to "make the people fall asleep to better be able
to indoctrinate them"!

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