The Powerful and Effective Pots And Pans Peoples Protests

The Powerful and Effective Pots And Pans Peoples Protests

written by A Truth Soldier

The People WILL be heard.

This is the sound of FREEDOM.

(Law 78 = War)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxwCYZflPG0

 

The huge continuous students protests in the French province of Quebec in Canada has

become a full fledged revolution against tyranical government oppression.

The student protests began in February and continued on till this day,

every day and night.

The Charest government has tried heavy handed tactics to bring in police brutality and oppression.

This has only made the students even more determinded.

The protests have shut down all universities and colleges in Quebec.

The new oppressive tyrannical anti democractic laws enacted in May,

has turned and students protests into an all out citizens revolt.

The students got more attention when they did a bare truth naked protests walk through the city of Montreal.

After the government passed these oppresive laws in May,

the people of Montreal gave the government their response by doing the biggest civil disobedience protest in Canadian history and possibly the world.

These protests are now called The Maple Spring, to signify the red maple leaf on the

Canadian flag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lko-xwBuYOc

From the online truthers reports and videos it appears that will over 500,000 people were involved.

From the peoples medias videos it seems that possibly will over a million people brought Montreal to a complete standstill.

A new type of protests has been born.

It is the pots and pans random city wide protests.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lko-xwBuYOc

These pots and pans banging protests are very loud and very effective.

Unlike other protests that are either marching through the cities or are at specific gatherings.

These protests are uncoordinated.

They start at seven pm after everyone has had a chance to get home after work.

At seven pm peoples from all walks of life all over the city start coming out of their homes at seven oclock banging pots and pans

in protest against the anti freedom laws the Quebec government has enacted.

They continue all night long.

The French people will never let anyone take away their freedoms.

The French people will be defiant until these laws are struck off the books.

The Quebec government has now announced that it will consider bringing out the military against the people.

These protests are now getting recognition across Canada and the world,

thanks to the truthers independent medias.

The corrupt corporate medias are not informing the peoples of Canada and the world of the huge continuous protests going on in Montreal Quebec.

After seven pm the pans and pots bangers numbers grow quickly.

The more that come out, the more people hear them and join them.

These protests gather at all traffic intersections.

Eventually these protests bring the whole cities traffic grid to a halt.

The police can not possibly respond to these spontaneous protests.

One reason they can not respond, is that all the traffic of vehicles are effectively blocking the streets intersections so that even the

police can not get to the thousands of sepearate protests, since these protests are all over Montreal.

It makes it completely impossible for the police or even the military to respond as they can not move on the blocked streets.

It would be and is also impossible for the Police to arrest everyone.

I am writing this information from bits and pieces of many different articles and videos I have watched or read online.

So I am describing the scenario that seems to be developing and growing in Montreal.

One thing I know for sure is that the governments of today are no longer the peoples governments.

Instead they are now (corrupted) corporatized governments that only respond to the wants of corporations whose only interests are profits.

These protests in Montreal that have occurred everyday and night since February are just getting bigger every day.

The corporate governments and medias do not want this type of very effective pots and pans protests to be known or understood

by anyone else in Canada or the world.

For I see that this really scares the governments and the corporations.

For these protests are causing the corporations to loose control and to loose alot of

profits.

The Truth Revolution is NOW!

“When the seeds of truth are sown.

The grassroots truth revolution will blossom from the enlightenment”

Soooo sow your seeds of truth.

The truth revolution will not be televised.

It will be seeded one seed at a time by all we truthers…..

Then, and only then, will we see the tree of life get planted in the minds of all the

peoples of this planet.

Then with all those trees producing all the fresh healthy fruits and fresh oxygen,

the peoples minds and bodies will become stronger and healthier.

The only thing that will save this planet, is if we are guided into the future by truth.

Corporatism and not capitalism is the problem.

Capitalism enpowers the individuals as corporatism only empowers the money hungry corporate criminally insane.

Corporations and their pyramid scheem run by secrecy and secret societies needs to be criminalized and outlawed now.

We need to bring back our governments into the control of we the people and we need to bring back the company way of doing fair bussiness.

Plant your seeds of truth into your fellow earthlings.

Only the seeds of truth will nourture the minds of the severly weakened and

disempowered peoples of this planet.

The peoples of this planet are starving for food for thought that was grown by pure seeds of truth.

When you plant those seeds, they will have no choice but to grow on their own.

The wonderful thing about these seeds, is when they grow into a plant and then a fruit tree.

The trees produce wonderful pleasant smelling beautiful flowers which then will drop its fruits to the hungry and they will

also drop more seeds of truth that will keep spreading in the winds of life.

It is time for the truth revolution to bring the peoples minds back to health.

So are you now A Truth Soldier?

(Scroll down for much more info)

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Quebec students ask court to suspend special law
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as she entered Quebec Superior Court Tuesday morning. In fact, she said, “It is only aggravating the conflict right now. The government has chosen repression.”

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Nearly 700 arrests have been made overnight in Canada, during the latest protest in Quebec against a huge planned rise in student tuition fees.

The rallies have been on-going for more than 100 days. Police in Montreal dispersed unsanctioned protests and arrested 518 demonstrators on Wednesday night.

The arrests were also made in Quebec City, where some 170 were detained,

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Emergency Law Broadens Canada’s Sympathy for Quebec Protests
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/world/americas/emergency-law-broadens-canadas-sympathy-for-quebec-protests.html?_r=2

Student-led protests continued Sunday in Montreal, though an emergency law appeared to be aimed at reducing their scope and frequency.

By 
Published: June 5, 2012

MONTREAL — Until recently, the daily student protests that have clogged the streets of Montreal since late February did little to win public support for their cause.

But when the provincial government of Quebec tried to end the demonstrations by arresting more than 2,500 people and passing an emergency law that some Canadian lawyers consider heavy-handed and perhaps unconstitutional, it helped turn what had been a narrowly focused student strike against increases in college and university costs into a battle over a broader set of grievances that has introduced some of the greatest political turmoil Canada has seen in decades.

“We are not anymore into a tuition hike discussion,” said Carole Beaulieu, the editor of L’Actualité, a current affairs magazine that has urged the students to end the walkout. “Something else is at play, something hard to grasp. We are into a left-versus-right debate, an old-versus-young debate.”

Canada’s Constitution makes “peace, order and good government” a guiding principle, and Canadians are widely known for valuing civility and calm. But several civil rights activists and others say that the conflict has pushed the government too far toward a policy of maintaining order at the expense of free speech, which is also constitutionally protected. Among other things, the new law, adopted in mid-May, requires police permission for marches and allows for fines of up to $125,000 for student groups that violate its rules.

“It’s not difficult to create a feeling that ‘Enough is enough’ and that ‘This must be crushed,’ ” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel of theCanadian Civil Liberties Association, which is among the groups challenging Quebec’s emergency law in court. “The idea of passing special statutes to limit protest assumes that they are inherently dangerous. Freedom to dissent is being undermined.”

For a city where traffic is notoriously congested at the best of times, the nightly marches were unquestionably disruptive and occasionally violent. And everyone agrees that only a minority of the province’s students joined the strike, even if the exact numbers are unclear.

The collapse of negotiations between the provincial government and the protesters late last week has led to fears that further turmoil could scare visitors away from Montreal, and Quebec in general, just as a series of summer festivals and events are about to get under way.

Indeed on Sunday, the organizers of the first of those events, the Grand Prix of Canada Formula 1 auto race, canceled a free open house scheduled for Thursday at their downtown race circuit, citing the potential for disruption. An annual comedy festival reported that advance ticket sales are down by about half.

But in an interview on Friday, Jean Charest, the premier of Quebec’s Liberal government, played down fears that the province faced a summer of upheaval. “I think the summer should be relatively calm; I don’t see why it would be otherwise,” he said. “We are going be very vigilant to make sure that if there are protests they will go off peacefully.”

Others disagreed. Jean-François Lisée, an author, academic, blogger and former adviser to two governments led by the separatist Parti Québécois, said that the disruptions are not likely to fade just because the school year is ending.

“He’s on another planet,” Mr. Lisée said. “Everything he does has the opposite effect of calming the situation.”

Mr. Charest acknowledged that the political challenge from the students is not over.

The leadership of the most radical student group, which is known as La Classe, has said that the tuition question “would not be resolved in the ballot box,” Mr. Charest said. “It will be resolved in the streets, that’s their position.”

Even critics like Mr. Lisée agree that a majority of Quebecers support the tuition increase. But the public reaction to the anti-protest legislation is decidedly mixed.

Anger over its provisions swiftly added a new group of demonstrators of all ages to the marches. The protesters, called themselves “casseroles,” adopting a technique pioneered in Chile in banging spoons on pots and pans as they marched through Montreal’s streets.

Before the strike, many Quebec voters appeared to be disenchanted with both Mr. Charest, who has been premier for nine years and who reluctantly opened an inquiry last month into government corruption, and the Parti Québécois, which was founded to separate Quebec from the rest of Canada. The Conservative Party, which dominates the national government, does not have a presence in the province, and its federal candidates have only a limited following in Quebec.

Outside of Quebec, Canada is also embroiled in other disputes. But political scientists said the situations were different. The federal Conservatives have increased anticrime measures and are targeting environmental groups opposed to oil-sands development because such measures resonate with the party’s core membership, analysts said.

Despite their sweeping new powers, Ms. Beaulieu and others say that the Montreal police have generally avoided the civil rights abuses witnessed in Toronto during the Group of 20 summit meeting in 2010. A police review agency in neighboring Ontario issued a scathing report last month condemning police conduct against protesters during the summit meeting as illegal, ineffective and unjustified.

Just after the emergency legislation was passed, however, the Montreal police arrested 518 demonstrators on a single night. Many of the arrested were surrounded by the police, who had told them to disperse without offering them an escape route. That technique, known as kettling, was strongly criticized by the investigation into Toronto’s police action.

The most violent clashes, however, took place earlier during a Liberal Party meeting outside of Montreal between protesters and the provincial police.

Ms. Des Rosiers, who said she believed that the emergency law was unnecessary, argued that a provision imposing penalties on people who encourage others to participate in marches and one requiring protesters to submit the routes of marches to police approval eight hours in advance are both unconstitutional.

Mr. Charest rejected those objections.

“Any comparison of the legislation with what is done elsewhere demonstrates that it’s quite reasonable and standard practice,” he said.

Ms. Des Rosiers said that the general desire for order has contributed to what she considered an erosion of free speech. But the atmosphere in Quebec, she said, may be about to change.

“For the most part you had an apathetic population,” she said. “Now you have a social movement.”

A version of this article appeared in print on June 6, 2012, on page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Law Increases Draw of Canada Protests.

Quebec Protests continue against Bill 78 and the attack on education

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/queb-j16.shtml

By a WSWS reporting team
16 June 2012

The vast movement of social contestation that erupted in Quebec this spring continues. Earlier this week students, who have been striking against the provincial Liberal government’s plans to drastically increase university tuition fees for four months, held their 50th consecutive nightly protest demonstration departing from Montreal’s Émilie-Gamelin Park. And in other Montreal working-class neighborhoods, opponents of the government’s austerity measures and Bill 78 continued to hold ad hoc, festive late-day rallies, expressing their anger to the rhythm of clanging pots and pans. Reporters of the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) visited some of these events and collected comments from participants.

* * *

On June 13, more than 250 people demonstrated in downtown Montreal outside the Hotel Hilton-Bonaventure, where the Montreal Conference, an annual event bringing together the various representatives of international big business, was being held. The demonstration was organized by the “Coalition Opposed to User-Fees and the Privatization of Public Services” and was timed to take place during a speech by Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

demoPart of the demonstration outside the Hilton

Addressing the crowd, a representative of CLASSE (The Broader Coalition of the Association for Student-Union Solidarity) explained that the protest was “organized against the financial elites assembled in the buildings behind us” and “against social inequality.”

A participant explained to our team of reporters that “there is much confusion on what is communism and socialism” and wanted to know what the WSWS had to say on this subject. After a discussion of about 20 minutes, he concluded, “People are beginning to see more clearly. Stalinism defiled communism. I agree with what you’re saying.”

Another participant, a Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) student, expressed his agreement with the idea put forward by the WSWS that students must turn to the working class. As an anarchist, he objected, however, to the need for workers to form their own political party. “We cannot,” he said, “delegate the power of the people to a party; power must remain with the people, and I am in agreement with the soviets. But we saw in Russia how the party became dominant and again recreated the dominating and dominated.”

Another person, a taxi driver who watched the event, commented: “I support the students. The cause of poverty is lack of education.

“I heard”, he continued, “that one person has more wealth than all the countries of the Caribbean. There is something here that just does not work! There should be a much more equitable distribution of wealth.”

Speaking of his own situation, he said: “We taxi drivers have great difficulty in providing for our families, in giving our children a good education. The situation has gotten much worse over the course of the past several years.”

policePolice officers preparing to intervene against protesters

After about an hour, the police declared the gathering illegal and advised people that they could be arrested if they did not disperse.

The protesters left the scene and initiated—in defiance of the dispersal order—a march through the streets of the city’s financial district.

* * *

Last Saturday (June 9), a WSWS reporter visited a “casserole” (pots and pans) event organized in a working-class neighbourhood of Montreal. 

A participant, Francis, agreed to be interviewed.

FrancisFrancis

According to Francis, the Liberal government’s draconian Bill 78 should be defied. “That means demonstrating without giving the police the route,

demonstrating spontaneously and without fear of being in the streets, and staying until police declare the demonstration illegal.”

On the possibility of the Official Opposition Parti Quebecois (PQ) replacing the Liberals, he said: “I am very suspicious of the PQ.

I don’t think the PQ is a social democratic party. It is not a left-wing party, that’s clear. They demonstrated this with their past policies.

For example, during the Journal de Montréal dispute, where was Ms. Marois (the PQ leader) in defending the workers?

The Quebec Amphitheatre, it was the PQ that endorsed that law (giving a sweetheart deal to Quebecor).

This is not a party close to workers, close to the citizens.”

Francis explained that “From the current political spectrum, I would vote for Québec Solidaire. They support nationalization, including that of wind power.”

Regarding CLASSE, he said that it “is the most militant of the student organizations and has put the most on the line. It has the courage of its convictions.”

When it was pointed out that in early May CLASSE had signed an agreement with the government accepting its tuition increases, he said,

“I did not think that CLASSE would support an increase. I was not aware of the content of the talks. CLASSE’s ultimate goal is free education;

therefore in my opinion, if they accept an increase, they go against their fundamental principles. That would be quite curious.”

An Open Letter to the Mainstream English Media:

http://www.quebecprotest.com/post/23754797322/an-open-letter-to-the-mainstream-english-media

http://vimeo.com/42848523

Thank you; you are a little late to the party, and you are still missing the mark a lot of the time, but in the past few days, you have published some not entirely terrible articles and op-eds about what’s happening in Quebec right now. Welcome to our movement.

Some of you have even started mentioning that when people are rounded up and arrested each night, they aren’t all criminals or rioters. Some of you have admitted that perhaps limiting our freedom of speech and assembly is going a little bit too far. Some of you are no longer publishing lies about the popular support that you seemed to think our government had. Not all of you, mind you, but some of you are waking up.

That said, here is what I have not seen you publish yet: stories about joy; about togetherness; about collaboration; about solidarity. You write about our anger, and yes, we are angry. We are angry at our government, at our police and at you. But none of you are succeeding in conveying what it feels like when you walk down the streets of Montreal right now, which is, for me at least, an overwhelming sense of joy and togetherness.

News coverage of Quebec almost always focuses on division: English vs. French; Quebec-born vs. immigrant; etc. This is the narrative that has shaped how people see us as a province, whether or not it is fair. But this is not what I feel right now when I walk down the street. At 8pm, I rush out of the house with a saucepan and a ladle, and as I walk to meet my fellow protesters, I hear people emerge from their balconies and the music starts. If you do not live here, I wish I could properly convey to you what it feels like; the above video is a start. It is magic. It starts quietly, a suggestion here and there, and it builds. Everybody on the street begins to smile. I get there, and we all—young and old, children and students and couples and retirees and workers and weird misfits and dogs and, well, neighbours—we all grin the widest grins you have ever seen while dancing around and making as much noise as possible. We are almost ecstatic with the joy of letting loose like this, of voicing our resistance to a government that seeks to silence us, and of being together like this.

I have lived in my neighbourhood for five years now, and this is the most I have ever felt a part of the community; the lasting impact that these protests will have on how people relate to each other in the city is deep and incredible. I was born and raised in Montreal, and I have always loved this city, I have always told people that it is the best city in the world, but I have truly never loved it as much as I do right now.

The first night that I went to a casseroles (pots and pans) demonstration, at the centre of the action—little children ecstatically blowing whistles, a young couple handing out extra pots and pans to passers-by, a yoga teacher who paused his class to have everyone join—I saw a bemused couple, banging away, but seemingly confused about something. When we finished, they asked me, “how did you find us?” I replied that I had checked the map that had been posted online of rendez-vous spots, and theirs was the nearest to my house. “Last night we were all alone,” they told me. They had no idea it had been advertized online. This is what our revolution looks like: someone had clearly ridden around our neighbourhood, figured out where people were protesting, and marked them for the rest of us. This is a revolution of collaboration. Of solidarity.

The next night the crowd had doubled. Tonight we will be even more.

I come home from these protests euphoric. The first night I returned, I sat down on my couch and I burst into tears, as the act of resisting, loudly, with my neighbours, so joyfully, had released so much tension that I had been carrying around with me, fearing our government, fearing arrest, fearing for the future. I felt lighter. Every night, I exchange stories with friends online and find out what happened in their neighbourhoods. These are the kinds of things we say to each other: “if I loved my city any more right now, my heart would burst.” We use the word “love” a whole lot. We feel empowered. We feel connected. We feel like we are going to win.

Why don’t you write about this? This incredible feeling? Another example I can give you is this very blog. Myself and a few friends began it as a way of disseminating information in English about what was happening here in Quebec, and within hours, literally hours, volunteers were writing me offering to help. Every day, people submit translations to me anonymously; I have no idea who they are, they just want to do something. They come from everywhere. They translate what they think is important to get out there into the world. People email me corrections, too. They email me advice. They email me encouragement. This blog runs on solidarity and utter human kindness.

This is what Quebec looks like right now. Every night is teargas and riot cops, but it is also joy, laughter, kindness, togetherness, and beautiful music. Our hearts are bursting. We are so proud of each other; of the spirit of Quebec and its people; of our ability to resist, and our ability to collaborate.

Why aren’t you writing about this? Does joy not sell as well as violence? Does collaboration not sell as well as confrontation? You can have your cynicism; our revolution is sincere.

Sincerely,

The Administrator of Translating the printemps érable.

Photo Credit: Monica Eileen Patterson


Addendum:


As a perfect illustration of the incredible collaborative and generous spirit that is emblematic of this movement, within two hours of posting the above letter, I received, unsolicited, the following translation of the song that is features in the video. This is who we are.

Lyrics:

You tell them

You tell them

That it was instinct that

Drove you up to here.

You tell them

You tell them

That your senses were screaming

Deeply driven

By a strange force

Let it be your base camp.

Let it be your base camp.

You tell them

You tell them

That it was intuition that

Drove you up to here

A carelessness

So necessary every now and then

Let it be your base camp.

Let it be your base camp.

*Translated by Ian Truman, submitted by Mary Lee Maynard.


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