Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday Sunny Sunday
A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Montreal. It was actually warm(ish). It was the day chosen by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality for their annual demonstration against (what else) police brutality in Montreal.
Yeah. Police brutality. The cops here are nasty mofos it would seem.
So what's a Collective to do to get its point across? Well stage a demonstration of course. A demonstration that obviously degenerates into vandalism (from the demonstrators) and violence (on both sides) and damn, you got your police brutality right there.
"See? See how brutal those damn cops are?"
Of course, breaking business windows and setting fire to garbage cans and breaking the windshields of citizens' cars is totally justified in such cases. Bystanders being representatives of the big bad state I guess... Whatever.
So, over 200 arrests, lots of vandalism, demonstrators throwing rotten fruit, rocks and other projectiles, cops wading in with tear gas and such. Basically it was a mess. A repetition of last year's mess, and the year before and so on back through the years.
I'm sure that the homeless kids of Montreal have a way different view of the police than I do in my cozy apartment. But um... police brutality? Dudes, you want to see police brutality? Go to the Middle East, or South America or Asia...
But here? Gimme a fucking break.
Granted, there are episodes - the death last summer of Freddy Villanueva in a Montreal North park and the RCMP incident where Robert Dziekanski was tazered to death at the Vancouver airport come to mind. However, I truly believe this is the exception rather than the norm.
Am I just becoming old and intolerant of the young 'uns and their questioning of authority? God I hope not. I think it's necessary to question authority, we've all questioned authority and ended up as well rounded, responsible adults for the most part.
But still and all, having travelled - perhaps not extensively, but a good amount nevertheless - I really believe that we have it good around here, and that a lot of people would love to have to deal with our level of police brutality.
Does that make incidents like the ones involving Freddy Villanueva or Robert Dziekanski ok? Absolutely not. These things should NOT happen. Ever.
Maybe I'm just a deluded old broad.
Concocted by Jazz