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(en) Update on repression in Quebec-city

From "Nicolas Phébus"@ainfos.ca, nicolasphebus@yahoo.com
Date Sun, 22 Apr 2001 05:04:14 -0400 (EDT)


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*145 arrests as of Saturday at 6 pm
*many anarchists activists in jail with serious
charges

Quebec, April 21 2001 - The Carnival of Resistance
Against Capitalism continues to rock on in Quebec
City. Yesterday, at least 10,000 people demonstrated
and got into confrontations with the police one way or
another (violent or not), while thousands of people
were taking part in free zones that were absolutely
peaceful. The confrontations lasted till 4 am, leading
to 100 arrests. Today, several dozen thousand people
took part in the unity union march (60,000 according
to the organisers) and several thousand left the march
before it was over to head up to the fence (more than
15,000, including many unionists). Many parts of the
fence were torn down and confrontations were pretty
violent. At the time of writing this (7 pm) the police
have announced at least 145 arrests total for the two
days. Most of those arrested face charges of
participating in a riot, illegal gathering and
obstructing police work. 

The case of the anarchists

The seven presumed members of the group Germinal,
those that where arrested earlier this week, will be
in court Monday morning (by video, they won't be
there). Most of them face serious charges like
"conspiracy to commit mischief that could endanger
life". 

A comrade from Emile-Henry (NEFAC) will be in court
Wednesday and is accused of "conspiracy" to commit
"mischief. " (Eventually, the second person who was
with him was released without charges). We think there
was a heavy police infiltration (or at least a serious
long term investigation) since the names of some
members of Le Maquis and Emile-Henry appeared in
police reports with their political affiliation (name
of the group to which they belonged) and a detailed
report of the actions they allegedly intended to
commit. Other comrades named in the report but not
arrested yet are under heavy pressure.

As for Jaggi Singh, an anarchist activist of the CLAC,
who was literally kidnapped in the street by a police
commando (see montreal.indymedia.org for pictures), he
is now accused of "participating in a riot",
"possession of an illegal weapon" (a teddy bear
catapult!!) and "breach of conditions ". He will be in
court Wednesday. 

We ask you to keep the pressure and start to organise
pickets...

In solidarity

Nicolas Phébus
Groupe anarchiste Emile-Henry
Secrétariat francophone de la NEFAC



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