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(en) Canada, La Commune (UCL) Protest against the Plan Nord Montreal February 8, 2013 (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:50:30 +0200


Video http://vimeo.com/59288982 ---- Taken from printempsquebecois.com Shortly after noon, 200 demonstrators braved the freezing cold and snow blowing in swirls to massage around the Palais des Congrès. Salon of natural resources held in this vast building is for them a "Fair Plan Nord [version] 2.0," a repetition in the more bucolic name of the event organized in April 2012 by the Government Liberal Jean Charest (defeated in September 2012 by the Parti Quebecois Pauline Marois) *. Under heavy police surveillance, the event aims to expose what she calls the "Death Map" economic plunder of Northern Quebec boreal rampage ecological resources (open pits, clearcuts) disregard for the rights and aboriginal claims. Facebook launched the call for manifest condemns "the development of the North [which] threatens us as parts of living" and calls for solidarity "with all the communities in resistance development model imposed on them , North and South, with the indigenous peoples who have chosen to oppose [...] **.

"Inside, a heavy police presence prevented demonstrators from entering the Palais des Congrès. The entrance to the Salon of natural resources is free, but a proof of photo identification is required to enter the premises (an extremely rare practice of control in Quebec). Outside, protesters revolve around the Congress by typing in its high outer walls colorful as they can get close. Groups the riot "accompany" in their circular path.

Just the protesters they gathered their gathering was declared illegal on the grounds that they have not provided their route ahead to the police. However, the march would be "tolerated" as she remained peaceful. At 13 h, patrol cars were damaged and a window was broken and a few flowers graffiti on police cars ... At 13 h 10, the police ordered the dispersal of the crowd.

They repel demonstrators who move away a bit, then come back, do push a little further, disperse, and then come back ... Although only one arrest was reported (a man who tried to interfere in the Palais des Congress without showing credentials), the atmosphere is not the camaraderie between protesters and police - and it is certainly never fun to slide on a patch of ice to meet identified by anti- riot ... - * It will be recalled that Premier Jean Charest had then raised the fury of the people in the ironic discontent and popular student who spoke outside the same conference center. View Gallery: "Salon du Plan Nord: Police skids, the PM lost the compass - April 20, 2012," http://printempsquebecois.com/manifestation-contre-salon-plan-nord/
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