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(en) Canada, Montreal, CLAC* Condemns Mass Arrest of Demonstrators on the Eve of the Liberal Party Convention

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Date Sun, 21 Nov 2004 13:55:59 +0100 (CET)

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PRESS POINT: Saturday November 20th, 10am Corner of Viger & Bleury, Parc Riopelle
Contact: Stefan Christoff, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of
Montreal Cell: 514 885 8246 / Email: clac(a)taktic.org
Montreal Friday November 19th, 2004 On the eve of the Quebec
Liberal Party Convention, upwards of 100 people were encircled,
arrested and ticketed while demonstrating to confront the
neo-liberal economic agenda of the Charest government.
Organized by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal (CLAC) to denounce
the Charest government's ongoing attacks on all sectors of Quebec's society,
the demonstration was met with unprovoked police and state repression.

At approximately 7:30 pm, the Montreal police force, in full riot
gear, surrounded the demonstration. Several protesters were
singled-out, thrown to the ground and arrested by multiple riot
police. Others were detained, handcuffed and forced to sit on the
cold concrete ground over the course of several hours, while
waiting to be processed for an unjustified arrest.

This silencing of political dissent in Quebec is not new. During
the past five years, more than 1850 demonstrators, involved with
various movements for social justice in Montreal, have been
victims of mass arrest policies enforced by the Montreal police.
The vast majority of those arrested, charged and dragged through
the legal system, have won important legal battles against state
repression winning their trials, the vast majority of charges being
dropped or dismissed.

The CLAC demonstration took place as part of a broader
fight-back against Charest, already initiated by labour unions and
the community sector to disrupt the implementation of the Liberal
Party agenda and work towards a general strike in Quebec.

Copied from infoshop.org

* CLAC is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative-------------------------------------
B. writes on Saturday November 20
I was "detained, handcuffed and forced to sit on the cold
concrete ground over the course of several hours, while waiting to
be processed for an unjustified arrest."

I can't recomend it as an effective tactic. However, the
company was great, and I think I may have made a new friend or
two. I couldn't hand-pick a better group of comrades to be
arrested with.

Anywhow, not mentioned above is that many of us were given
rediculous tickets - which, if others are in similar situations, they
can not afford to pay. I was wondering if anybody knows where I
might find information on getting my ticket overturned. Help?

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