«Comprenons-nous, nous ne sommes pas pour l’établissement d’un État policier, nous savons qu’il faut travailler avec la population et créer des liens. Mais il y a des groupes pour ça. Notre boulot, à la police, c’est la répression. Nous n’avons pas besoin d’un agent sociocommunautaire comme directeur, mais d’un général. Après tout, la police est un organisme paramilitaire, ne l’oublions pas.» — Yves Francoeur, Président de la Fraternité de Policiers.
“You must understand us, we are not for the establishment of a police State, we know we must work with the population and create links. But there are groups doing this. Our job, as police officers, is repression. We do not need a social worker as a director, we need a general. After all, the police is a paramilitary organization, let’s not forget it.” — The President of the Police Fraternity of Quebec, Yves Francoeur.
It’s very unfortunate that I could not “attend,” seeing how Montreal has a healthy riot scene. This past Sunday, 15 March, 2009, saw a large clash between protesters against police brutality, and the police who came out to demonstrate police brutality. For more, from a mainstream and rather conservative perspective, see:
- UPI: “Montreal brutality riot nets 221 arrests,” 16 March 2009
- The [Montreal] Gazette: “Anger in the street: 200 arrested; Vegetables, rocks fly in annual protest against police brutality,” 16 March 2009
- The Globe and Mail: “Annual anti-police protest leads to chaos in streets of Montreal,” 16 March 2009
- The [Montreal] Gazette: “Mayor wants more control over unruly marchers,” 16 March 2009 – TRANSLATION: don’t cover your faces, announce the route of your march in advance, hand in all rocks, and also handcuff yourselves in advance…in fact, just head straight to the police station and preemptively turn yourselves in.
From The Gazette’s Photo Gallery:
(I love this one: Benjamin Franklin uses the actual events as a backdrop for some bilingual rapping — staging reality)
Montreal Protest Against Police Brutality, 15 March 2009, part 1 of 3
Montreal Protest Against Police Brutality, 15 March 2009, part 2 of 3
Montreal Protest Against Police Brutality, 15 March 2009, part 3 of 3