Confrontations during a two day conference on the Plan Nord northern development mega-project
Somewhat like last year a public relations exercise at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, the Salon des ressources naturelles, was organized by bastards who profit from the destruction of our communities and our lives; Enbridge, Snc-Lavalin, RioTinto, Osisko, etc.. Since last spring there has been much talk from the establishment about distribution of wealth, thus the Plan Mort [Death Plan] became Mort Pour Tous [Death To All]**. During the two days of this Funeral, gatherings tried to disrupt the proceedings.
The first day, February 8, a crowd of several hundred (despite a snowstorm) made their way to a Palais des Congrès sealed with cops. Chants where Anti-capitalist, anti-cop and especially in solidarity with the indigenous facing intensification of the devastation of their land, their way of life. Once there, people banged on the windows outside the Palais, the riotsquad charged on the crowd... The day ended with several squadrons of riotcops chasing the crowd in the city centre and according to the cops, three of their patrol cars were vandalized; graffiti and smashed windows.
The next morning, February 9, hundreds of people converged on a Palais sealed yet again, but part of the crowd was more determined this time. Around 9:30 am a door was attacked with sticks, a windows shattered and a flare was shot inside. The riotsquad then charged and plastic bullets were shot at the crowd. For a while some groups continued to prowl in a financial district flooded by riotcops.
36 people were arrested according to the police, including three accused of assaulting a police officer.
Also there's an unconfirmed rumor about a person being hospitalized .
Solidarity with those who struggle for the total liberation of the Earth.
Solidarity with all the arrested
**"Plan Mort" refers to the first official name of the northern development mega-project Plan Nord (mining, dams, forestry and various infrastructures) and, "Mort Pour Tous" to its new name; Nord Pour Tous [North For All]
Here's a callout that circulated for the February 8 demo:
Demonstrate against the Plan Nord
Coinciding with the: Forum on Natural Resources at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal
gathering: 12pm at the Peoples' Square (formerly Square Victoria) at metro Square Victoria
Last April, the capitalists of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce organized a grand exhibition of the destruction of northern territories, the Forum on the Plan Nord. Rather untastefully, they are re-doing it this year, under the slogan "rediscover the Forum on Natural Resources". The pillagers are gathering. Sponsored largely by mining (Osisko) and tar sands (Enbridge), the profiteers are preparing the assimilation of indigenous communities into their industrial framework, and into their large-scale destruction of the wild.
A number of Innu women rose up last year and marched more than 1000 kilometres from the Côte-Nord to Montréal, to say no! to this exploitation. The Innu have not been at rest since then: highway blockades, hunger strikes, obstructions of construction sites were frequent in 2012. Many other indigenous groups are supporting the Innu, and are themselves in resistance against this monstrous plan of territorial devastation!
Whether the money goes into the coffers of the Quebecois or Canadian state or to transnational corporations, the development of the north threatens us all as living beings. While environmentalists repeat that we must offer constructive alternatives – a greener future, for co-optation by 'sustainable' capital – we refuse any limits on our desire to sabotage what exists, without delay. We want to interrupt the colonizing and civilizing mission that has existed since the arrival of the first European colonizers, and which has accelerated ever since.
We act in solidarity with all communities resisting this development model that is imposed on them, in the North as in the South, and with the indigenous defenders in opposition, from the Innu of Nitassinan, to Cree dissidents, and those from all other nations. Alongside them, and in defense of the earth, we will be in the street to disrupt their forum on February 8th!
BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED BUT THE SETTLER STATE HASN'T
BECAUSE IN DESTROYING LIFE, WE DESTROY OURSELVES
DISRUPT THE SALON