It fuckin worked! A reportback from MayDay 2014 in Montréal

From Coop média de Montréal"

Another demo, another slaughter, another May Day, another kettle, some might say. "Not so!" say I! The media and naysayers have already rolled out the narrative that the SPVM and their SQ allies were in full control and managed to swiftly put down any attempt to take the streets during the anti-capitalist May Day demo. This is an account of what I witnessed and it's in no way a complete portrayal of what went down in the streets of Montréal this 1st of May. I welcome corrections, additions and comments so that we can get a clearer picture of what went down, and so that we can further our analysis on how to re-take the streets.

The context: Following the five months of sustained social upheaval during the 2012 student strike, the powers-that-be dropped the gauntlet, a repressive law known as réglement P-6 that gives the cops broad powers to mass-arrest people taking part in unpermitted marches. The police did not rigorously enforce P-6 during the first few months following the fizzling of the strike, but in 2013 and 2014, the Montréal police have successfully used it to detain and ticket over a thousand comrades with fines of $600+ dollars. The cops' preferred tactic of detainment is the kettle, basically bringing in enough police to round up protesters and create what amounts to a cop fence. Comrades are then processed on-site or at the cop shop, given a ticket, and released.

The last such kettle came on March 15th of this year, during the usually raucous annual anti-police brutality demo. Nearly 500 were detained and ticketed. During that demo, some unaffiliated comrades refused to walk into a mouse trap, did their own thing, formed a contingent, and fought their way out successfully.

Following the March 15th kettle, folks from the Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC) - the group that organizes the annual anti-capitalist May Day march - came up with a plan. First, widely advertise a central meeting spot for people to gather. From there, pass out flyers that provide instructions and directions for people to get themselves to several different meeting spots for designated times, such that people could filter through the city, and eventually take the streets. At the same time, an autonomous group unaffiliated with CLAC, comprising about 60-70 people, gathered at a small park near the main meeting spot, and most masked up to form a black bloc. "One Two Three Four! This is Fuckin` Class War! Five Six Seven Eight! Organize and Smash the State!" was chanted, while we snaked through side streets to attempt to meet the main march.

The group was spotted by a few cops about a block away from the meeting spot, and at this point a comrade smashed the windshield of an unattended cop car. It was clear we were not going to get anywhere near the main march, so people began to head west on rue Ontario to rendezvous at the next meeting spot designated by CLAC. Police very quickly started to show in larger numbers, but the group escaped with no arrests. A few of us found each other on the street and proceeded to the next meeting point on Berri Square. Over a hundred people gathered and quickly took boulevard de Maisonneuve and marched until Place des Arts with zero police intervention to spoil our fun. "A - Anti - Anticapitaliste!" could be heard echoing on the apartment buildings near by, and the sun peeked its head for the first time on this dreary cloudy day. "It's fuckin working!" I happily thought to myself. The joy in people's faces and the warm embrace of comrades finding each other on that broad avenue, changed the sombre mood of the earlier happenings.

On the corner of Bleury, the cops finally caught up to us and people split up with the quickness, avoiding being kettled. I wondered around for a bit, trying to locate comrades, and got word that the Chaotic Insurrectionary Ensemble had been detained and ticketed while attempting to get on the Place-des-Arts métro. I managed to find some pals and we walked to Saint-Antoine and Bleury where people had managed to join the main labour unions' march, and eventually broke off. For another brief moment, the streets were ours. A red-and-black flag flew high and a banner of CLAC's, reading "À Bas Le Capitalisme" (in English: "Down with Capitalism"), adorned the front of the march. As the police closed in, "S-S-P-V-M! Police Politique!" was chanted. The cops charged the march and attempted to kettle it, but most people got away. Some 30 or so were detained and several were severely injured. By 7pm, most people had dispersed and the action was officially over.

Within the current context of Montrێal, where anti-capitalist mobilizations receive disproportionate scrutiny from the SPVM, I deem this May Day, as Borat would say, a "Great success!" CLAC's spread-out meeting point plan was brilliant, along with the independent group (or groups?) who organized similarly to affinity groups, were a good combination to confuse the police. The task of mobilizing cops in riot gear who are already in the streets, to other parts of the city, is not a quick one. If you have ever witnessed them enter or leaving minivans, you'll know that their bulky gear makes this loading and unloading process a matter of at least several minutes each time. With hundreds of them waiting for transport, anything short of a parking lot full of vehicles severely slows down their efforts to catch up with a crowd. Let's remember the 2010 anti-G20 demo in Toronto. The police had infiltrated SOAR, the anarchist organizing committee against the G20, and had an idea where the anti-capitalist march was going to break off from the main union march (Queen & John). Once the march broke off from a point they weren't expecting (Queen & Spadina), it took the cops over an hour to regroup, giving the comrades ample time to have their way with the financial district and yuppie shopping sections of the city.

If these re-workings of street tactics continue, and if people get used to the idea of multiple meeting points and more decentralized autonomous organizing, it's a real possibility for us to regain the rapport de force that we used to have in the streets with the cops, and that we have unfortunately lost in the last year and a half. All it takes is for comrades to think outside the box, or dare I say, outside the kettle.

In the spirit of total resistance,

the stimulator

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now all thats left is for people to think outside fucking fetichized days like mayday, think outside useless abstract concepts stemming from leftist alienation like "retaking the streets"(running away from the kettle in this case), and SPECIALLY think outside whatever the CLAC says we should be doing and when we should be doing it.

In Montreal, all anarchy must go through CLAC organizing or STFU!!!

- Jaggy

Damn right Jaggy, we will lead the masses towards the messianic anticapitalist utopia.

viva la révolución!

Spell the name right or you're a racist.

what we really need to do is increase the amount of anti-fascist action stickers we stick to the back of stop signs. fascism has grown to almost 100 people in the us in the past decade - the insurrectionary-nihilist-post-post-left is a close second

it "worked" because...a window was broken and 30 arrests? ok

In Bizarro Montrealanarchism, ridiculously innoffensive demos means "worked"!

Even if I wasn't a photoshop nerd I would still think from looking at the pics in the article that the original piece is linked from that something was off about them. Is a faction within the CIA pushing for a leftist resurgence in the West? There seems to be a lot of these fake 'actions' and 'happenings' of late.

"If these re-workings of street tactics continue, and if people get used to the idea of multiple meeting points and more decentralized autonomous organizing, it's a real possibility for us to regain the rapport de force that we used to have in the streets with the cops, and that we have unfortunately lost in the last year and a half. All it takes is for comrades to think outside the box, or dare I say, outside the kettle."

Yeah ok Stim... you just forgot the part about strategy, and also about not expecting fixed-date marches with pre-planned starting point to not be heavily-repressed by all the piggery, including the furry soft hands of its very organizers. As in the popular expression "kettlers know the kettle's nest in advance" (ever heard that one? me neither...), or maybe that one: "being uncontrollable has to do with being unpredictable".

Raccoons are still being senselessly killed by the capitalist Machine on the country roads where thou nonviolent Queen's subjects never go, BY THE WAAAY. Coz there aren't sophisticated printing machines in the typical canadian godforsaken countryside to print their unsaviory carttoonesque representations on Party-sanctioned banners and posters. How 'bout that?

You can see how sad things are here in Montreal when this is presented as triumph. I know you're trying to get peoples spirits up but this is a critical time, people need to hear the real shit. Very little people showed up this year in comparison to past years, the reason for that is that at last, more people are realizing that these things organized by CLAC are a load of shit. This time their "strategy" was to sacrifice part of their sheep to keep the cops busy with a kettle at the first rallying point. They said they would give a signal when the kettle would close in, there was no signal.

What's with all the ASSÉ language Stimi? Rapport de force? really? Now we have to build a critical mass to get the government to give us what we want? This is your idea of anarchy? I think you've been hanging around the Montreal crowd of leftist hipsters that call themselves anarchists too much. There's some decent peeps in Mtl, dump that Mtl Mediacoop crowd bro. Your surrounding yourself with reformist bolivarians and maoists, and its not about "purity", its about anarchy, not losing perspective and about not making the same mistakes over and over again.

"Rapport de force" = ASSE language? CrimethInc. articles about Montreal use it too. This in particular is dumb.

Besides, ASSE would be fucking dumb and translate it into English as "power relationship". See the bullshit communique "Share Our Future" and its hilariously awful translation.

Finally, Bolivarians don't exist in any meaningful way in Montreal, and Maoists don't use Media Coop. Don't talk out your ass based on stereotypes.

Not full support for the article or anything, and I am definitely not as posi about shit as the Stim is, but seriously.

"Finally, Bolivarians don't exist in any meaningful way in Montreal, and Maoists don't use Media Coop. Don't talk out your ass based on stereotypes."

Oh please, buddy... just make it clear when using full sarcasm. In the context of short comments, it just can be taken seriously if you aren't careful.

But yeah, marxist and socialist authoritarians are really posing as anarchists and black bloc in Mtl, unfortunately, as they've been doing for a while. Look out for a well-known official "anarchist" social center in the east, or the grassroots socialist kalmunity in western downtown. Real autonomous ppl are to be found in small provincial cities or wastelands, where they haven't already deserted the place for some distant foreign location... (I wanna fuck!)

"oh crimethinc says "rapport de force" so that concept is totally justified within anarchist ideas, stfu"
go back to writing your piece of shit crimethinc analyses, no one cares about except your hipster circle of useless sheep who think they were the anarchist vanguard of the strike. That "While the Iron is Hot" piece was a load of crap. Anarchist intervention in the strike limited itself to diluting their message for ASSE assemblies and joining CLAC initiatives. When ASSE assemblies stopped happening and CLAC initiatives were clearly going nowhere what happened? Nothing.

And dont start crying about P6, comrades in other cities/countries have been confronted to a lot worst.

YEAH. Man up, wimps! YOUR COCKS DEFINITELY AREN'T AS BIG AS THOSE GREEKS.

I don't want to hear about how you pussywillows are trying your best to create meaningful confrontation with the state in a context where people are dealing with restrictive court-imposed conditions and psychological trauma from getting their asses kicked so much. I want to hear about COPS ON FIRE.

Pfft, what is Montréal even good for anymore.

who's talking about the greeks and their balls? Most people on this planet face harder consequences for their "militancy" than the kids in Montreal, many are women and anyhow I don't presuppose women to be defenseless, as you do. Nice try with the old manarchism trick, you can crawl back to your sewer now.

Yah... sure, go whip off those pussies at Montréal's ABF later this month with yer huge manly cock, big balls.

What is the ABF?

"Assembly of Babylonian Federalists"

"Anarcho-Babies for Food!"

"Anticommunist Book Forgery"

"Against Battle-Fucking"

I am in conflict with someone. I know it and he knows it. Each of us has a goal, and that is to destroy each other.

But how do we it? Well, it depends on what I know of my own ability to deploy violence against him, and what I know of his ability to do the same to me.

We are in conflict, but we aren't necessarily at blows. At least not yet. And that's because, if I am thinking strategically and he is thinking strategically, I know that a full-on attack, a total effort to crush, may not be appropriate. It's not that I won't do it when I get a chance. It's not that he won't, either. It's just that we're being smart about it. We are weighing options.

There is a rapport de force here. Obviously, this situation is rather abstract, and in the real world, with large organizations/tendencies and multiple threats and all that, it's confusing. But it still applies. It applies to ASSÉ, which wants a better rapport de force for its reformist goals, but it also applies for anarchists in Montréal too, who should be aiming to have the kind of rapport de force that anarchists in other countries have with their governments - and, of course, surpassing that once we can.

In, say, Greece or Spain or wherever, why don't the local police simply smash every single squat on Day One of the occupation? Because they can expect a response, one that they don't want to have to deal with. So, that's rapport de force.

A lot of people in ASSÉ and probably some people in CLAC correlate rapport de force with numbers more than they should, for sure. But it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with that. A smaller crowd with fighting spirit, experience, and some preparation can obviously muster more force against the forces of order than a crowd of 100,000 indignado types.

Anyway, maybe you don't like the word "rapport de force". That's cool. But unless you're gonna live take off to somewhere that you don't have to deal with cops or other pricks that make life shit, you're either gonna need a decent rapport de force with those pricks in order to do anything that you want to do and that they don't want you to do, or you're just gonna have to hope you never get caught doing whatever the fuck you want to do and that you can run away fast enough if so. Not a winning strategy, as far as I can tell.

deploy violence

Sorry, that's what happens when you got your political education from @news.

Buddabing!

You're generous to write out a serious exposition of your thoughts. Just ignore the paid provocateurs, anti-anarchist troll morons, and genuine sociopaths who are talking shit. None of them are even trying to make a real argument.

The problem with aiming for a "rapport de force" is that your drawing lines around who's supposedly on your side and who's your enemy, things arent so clear and binary my friend. Your also supposing a certain mass of people with which you will build this "rapport de force", your example was a one on one situation, but your trying to build a rapport de force against a system of domination and its whole apparatus, and most of its population, thus if you want to take your head out the clouds, you'll have to build a mass movement to actually have a rapport de force. Now, how will you build your mass movement? You will educate the masses and then go through a step by step revolutionary process from there, because you are the new liberationist messiahs, that's what the communists tried to do, that's what the ASSE tries to do and that's what all you anarchists influenced by Maoism think you should be doing. And when i say influenced by Maoism, i'm not saying you read the little red book, i'm saying those ideas have gotten through to you because they are now part of a collective putrid idealization of revolution. We are not revolutionaries, we are anarchists, we're not aiming to take over, we're aiming to fuck shit up.

for comment of the month.
i'm making it a sticker. look for it near you!

I'm really considering putting this on a flyer and pasting it all over Red or anarchist hanguts all over the fucking province.

No... actually just in Montreal. Coz the comrades remaining in smaller lesser-known cities have got all my respect for not deserting the battlefield to join a consumerist hipster club in the big city.

yay to the trollz and all, but what makes this poster a troll?

For some reason, I often confuse commenters for trolls here.

And in a binary approach, your squat example is pretty good too, your rapport de force might protect you from a massive strike of repression against things the State doesn't deem as a priority just yet, the State will wage a low intensity war on those targets and keep its strenghts for the most menacing elements. And the whole retaking the streets thing also speaks for itself, once again, dreams of taking over. As some have put it in a recent open letter to Montreal anarchists:
"Comrades, we would like to think that you too have the blazing desire, not to take the streets back, but to make them unusable. The streets are not ours, they never were and never will be, and we do not want them to be, they are part of this world of concrete and cement which keeps us locked up, keeps us from having our feet in the earth, and to see beyond. "

Wait, so you're a primitivist? I'm sorry, but if your point rests on primitivist dogma, then count me out.

Even if that's not the case--from what I've seen in this discussion, and it seems like you really just want a poetic way to celebrate being a beautiful loser. I don't think we'll even be able to "fuck shit up" in the way you want to unless we're engaging with other people. The point is not to convert them, but to build dangerous relations together, to foster various interlocking networks and popularize participatory practices that together could make state control impossible. It's a strawman reduction to call that Maoism, and intellectually dishonest to boot.

what are you talking about? where does the "primtivist dogma" come in? Please elaborate instead of just throwing around any kind of nonsense if you want to speak of intellectual honesty.

I disagree, only chaos will make systemic control impossible and chaos came come in many forms from many sources. As for other types of control they will always be possible. I hope your "interlocking networks" and "participatory practices" will be built on true and strong face to face relationships if ever the shit hits the fan, cuz it wont be pretty. Too bad so many people are unwilling to understand this because of blind faith in insurrectionary romanticism.

In all honesty, that open letter was kinda dumb.

The section you quote, I like the sentiment of it. I don't like streets, or concrete, or cement. I like the alternative, "feet in the earth" and all that. Like, I would rather be naked and living in the woods and smoking weed with hotties 24/7, you know? Just being the somewhat large-brained ape that I am, fulfilling my animal desires, marveling at shiny colours, all the fun stuff.

It's not a very realistic dream, though. It's a dream that can motivate me, and does motivate me, but there's also the world I live in, and I understand this world well enough to know that it would take something like a revolution to make that possible.

For the record, this doesn't even mean that I "believe" in revolution, or think everyone should have a strategy geared towards "revolution-making". Power to you if you ARE trying to do that, but I'm pretty skeptical that you're going to get the results you want.

But same goes for those who just aim to fuck shit up, to render the streets unusable, etc. Like, it's frankly pretty damn easy to "fuck shit up" if you really want to. If you get a couple of people who really have their mind set on doing some smashy-smashy, and they are halfway smart about when and where to do it (for example, not during May Day in the midst of overwhelming police force, as has been noted), then they are probably going to be successful. But to what end? And how much does this actually "fuck shit up" if we look beyond the long term?

I think a neighbourhood full of people who hate police, who share information with each other and look out for each other, who have a basic level of organization to keep track of police movements in the area, who are capable of harbouring immigrants and fugitives... That would actually fuck shit up, especially if it is stable and capable of empowering more people and so on and so forth.

I actually like the line about the streets being like a nightclub, since it's true, but that part isn't even addressing anything in "Dear comrades in the streets". And I think the point about symbolic dates is at least half-valid, inasmuch as we shouldn't invest ourselves in days that we're gonna get beat down, but I also think open revolt has a place.

The whole thing about "seeking group therapy" is fucking weak, though. Especially since the letter basically argues for throwing rocks at cops and other types of illegalist violent shit that, separate from a larger social strategy, is basically useless unless it's to be interpreted as the efforts of individuals trying to alleviate some of their alienation and rage at being unable to realize their "blazing desire". In other words, self-therapy.

Hilariously, the main crux of "Dear comrades in the street" is basically about how to facilitate the more effective carrying-out of violent illegalist shit (albeit on symbolic dates), and the stuff about support is pretty much incidental.

On a final note, I don't want the streets to be unusable. I want to use it as a place where I can be naked and smoke weed with hotties. Probably a reclining lawn chair. A comfortable one. And how will I achieve this dream? RAPPORT DE FORCE, BABY. RAPPORT D'OSTI DE FORCE.

The whole point is to move beyond the abstract and symbolic, funny that you evoke "smashy-smashy" which in my view is exactly that.
Your ideal of freedom and autonomy is pathetic, so i'll take it as a joke or as bad sarcasm. In case your actually serious; you'll be a lot more concerned with scarcely feeding yourself and fighting over the scraps of the fallen system than adolescent dreams of smoking weed in lawnchairs surrounded by hot chicks. We are worlds apart in what we conceive as realistic and desirable.

Everything is symbolic. Smashing a windows, fighting with cops, assassinating someone, arson, these are all symbolic actions. Whether or not your "stopping" something or someone or are "making a statement", both are symbolic. You can't escape from symbolism, nor should you. So if that's all I'm supposed to get out of that "open letter" then that is a pretty nothing argument. And I know for a fact that it wasn't suggesting making connections with other groups of people in mainstream society to better ideally enact an insurrectionary situation, as that would reek too much of being an "organizer" or "leftist." We need to stop being afraid to do things. Just get out there, roam the streets, cause trouble, participate in riots, and please don't let me discourage you from hurting people and property in any way possible. But don't sit around thinking up reasons why all of this and more is too played out or pointless. If you put enough stupid thought into it, EVERYTHING is hopeless. Now that doesn't give you many options does it? Stop thinking so much and just fucking attack in any way you can. The only thing that's played out is your inaction. Every great anarchist in history acted wildly and recklessly, with a religious-like zeal for the beauty of anarchy in action.

So you say you don't want to take back the streets but make them unusable? If you ask me that reeks of Tiqqun-esque "block the flows" rhetoric, but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt. So, tell me what demos you've been part of where people were chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" where the streets were perfectly usable during these events. Oh wait, they weren't. In fact the strawman you're attacking is all about making the streets unusable and it occasionally (though certainly not enough) is accompanied by various forms of barricades which further transform the streets and make them unusable for commerce. So what exactly did this strawman do wrong that wasn't "anti-streets" enough for you? And why do you think that "make the streets unusable" is a new original idea? It is the idea of every demo I've ever been part of and literally everyone I've been part of them with if they had regrets, had regretted that the flow of commerce wasn't interrupted MORE, not less. This is why your "open letter" is stupid, because it's basically an assortment of flowery sounding language and an attempt at making what sounds like a critique but in reality isn't saying anything new. And blocking streets outside of demos isn't new or original either. It's something that was done quite a lot in the strike actually as well as other places you're aware of. Now if you hate concrete and want to fuck it all up so that all the cars are getting flat tires and can't drive on it, I suggest you get a job in contruction and hijack some jackhammer or similar equipment and then do A LOT of work fucking up the roads or even just one road and somehow get away with it. But you weren't talking about that either were you? So what exactly were you proposing? I've got it! You were proposing we all sit on our asses and talk about why everyone else sucks and you're awesome and have the best more perfect politics, too perfect actually to even be put into practice outside of words and the world is so fucked up and people are so fucked up and the movement is so fucked up that it isn't worth applying any of your ideas because they're too extreme and whahh whahh i'm a baby nobody agrees with me! Interesting proposal, but not as interesting as a rock flying a cop's head, not even close to as interesting as that.

but your suggestions only apply to collectives and gangs, and doesn't much depart from our over-reliance on demos as means of smashing social order (by turning them into riots).

What about isolated individuals not into affinity groups? Taking part into riots isn't very likely to improve their social condition... Yeah, alrite, I suppose I'm just gonna go riot to the streets 'til a bunch of brute pigs catch and beat me up to the white van (like it didn't happen, completely unreported, a hundred times already in Montreal since I was there). Perhaps that's the next level.

"everything is symbolic"... you're very alienated if you cant see beyond symbolism

I dont adhere to your insurrectionary doctrine and I dont interpret that letter as you do, actually it does speak of building relationships and encourages people to do shit with those strong relationships instead of running after stupid demos who're already doomed, seems simple to me. All that illegal stuff your talking about is not happening in Montreal, and as for relationships, all i see is what we call "milieu"; abstract relationships of people bitching about each other behind their backs. We're supposed to do shit with these people? So for sure others will do things on their own, and then your crew of insignificant insurrectos will say that no one else but yourselves do anything because others are not as stupid as to go tell everyone about it (even though you dont do shit yourselves other than whine and procrastinate). Not everyone is so concerned about their anarchist prestige. And about the symbolism thing, your really think everything is symbolic? Thats fucked up.

1. Not everything is symbolic, but everything has a symbolic aspect to it, or COULD have a symbolic aspect to it. There may be no symbolic intention to a particular action, but the action may still be interpreted for its symbolic value, and it can be strategically beneficial to plan actions with some mental energy dedicated to trying to figure out 'the optics' of it may be, and how that can be advantageous for your longer-term goals.

So, despite this critique I have of the comment two levels up on this point, I mostly agree with it. The comment that is directly above this one, on the other hand, is full of more vague bullshit, unprovable facts, and irrelevant points.

2. Who's talking about 'anarchist prestige'? That's as much of a non sequitur as the snarky 'Greek cock' comment before.

3. Illegal stuff is not happening in Montréal? Way to invisibilize what has been taking place, fucker. I'm no fucking expert who's been chronicling this stuff, and there's not as much of anything as anyone would like, but there is still graffiti going up, the occasional nocturnal attack that gets reported, efforts at making open revolt happen (not necessarily as successful as people might like), and confrontations with cops (which may lead to ass-kickings, but alas).

4. As for 'bitching behind people's backs', I don't give a fuck. I think we can talk about other people, voice our critiques of them, say what we think is wrong with their analyses, etc. This sounds like some macho bullshit to me, bro, especially when I don't believe for a second that you don't also talk shit with your friends about all the people who you perceive to be doing something shitty.

But let's imagine for a second that 'bitching' isn't something we ought to do. Well, in that case, we shouldn't be arguing on the internet either, eh? So, in the spirit of thinking that we should be able to voice our critiques IN-PERSON with OTHER PEOPLE so that our ideas can actually be held to some kind of scrutiny, I say we name a time and a place and we talk. I've signed my name to this comment, I stand by what I said, and I am willing to defend it. How about yopu?

So, in other words, BRING IT. Somewhere public, preferably sometime in May, preferably in English (cuz I'm anglo) mais on peut le faire en français ou bilinguement si nécessaire. Get in touch. I'm not hard to find.

You also have to use symbols to make explosives,or else you gonna end up either with a new, delicious condiment, or in a few body parts spread over your neighborhood (which would also be a symbolic event, for a symbolic neighborhood).

I think you're kinda dumb, cant face the arguments so you pick apart and go on and on about something else.

that's reformist. Streets aren't to be made more comfortable and sexy. They are meant to be destroyed, like the cities that they are supporting.
Control/reification devices of the Empire, they are.

I mean, the same could be said about your life. Zing!

Okay, all trolliness aside, the point is serious, and stands with regard to my life too, and everyone's. I am okay saying that I wasn't always an anarchist, and that I have done some shitty things in my life, like most folks. But my life is the thing that I have to work with, and make better. Outside my apartment, there is a street, and it's sort of similar, as far as I am concerned. I want MY life to be better, and I don't really consider that reformist so much as selfish (or, if you like, egoist).

It's not that I really disagree that streets should be destroyed. Maybe Montréal anarchos should switch chant this more: "Détruisons la rue! Pis jardins partout!" And then chant this less: "À qui la rue? À nous la rue!" I would be into that personally, ya know? And I don't mind destroying the city, either. What I want, what I REALLY want, simply isn't compatible with the existence of the city.

But I want demos, I want street parties, I want this city's streets to be as wild and as uncontrollable as possible, and I'm not going to cry when you show up with a jackhammer to break up all that nasty concrete - though if I'm in my lawnchair with a blunt, I might ask if you could do it somewhere else, at least until I'm done my tan.

Yo yo... I'm totally fine with anarcho-hippie cuties laying down naked. But sure yeah, I'm up with the idea, instead of that stupid liberal anarchoid Party in some petty bourgeois trendy leftist bar up St-Laurent.

Leftists always wanna fold back in their bubbles. That's THEIR problem.

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"Bird Flu"

BIG on the underground
What's the point of knocking me down?
Everybody knows
I'm already good on the ground

Most of us stay strong
Shit don't really bound us
Then I go on my own
Making bombs with rubber bands

I have my hard down
So I need a man for romance
Streets are making em hard
So they selfish little roamers
Jumpin' girl to girl
Make us meat like burgers
When I get fat
I'll pop me out some leaders

A protocol to be a Rocawear model?
It didn't really drop that way
My legs hit the hurdle

A protocol to be a rocker on a label?
It didn't really drop that way
Our beats were too evil

But I put away paper for later so I'm stable
A better something better come
So I could get cable
Ghetto pops, food drops
I store them in my stable
I cook em up , pop em down
Eat me it off ya a table

The village got on the phone
Said the street is comin' to town
They wanna check my papers
See what I carry around
Credentials are boring
I burnt them at the burial ground
Don't order me about
I'm an outlaw from the badland

Put away shots for later
So I'm stable
Live in trees chew on feet
Watch lost on cable
Bird flu gonna get you
Made it in my stable
From the crap you drop
On my crop when they pay you.

There are a lot of bolivarians in Montreal. As elsewhere, most of the left is sympathetic to the bolivarian states, and some Mediacoop Montreal editors have openly pronounced their solidarity and support for Venezuela's "revolution".

That is correct, and especially through the student militant caste. I'm still sad that there's only 2-3 not-so-successful anarchist outlets (mostly just blogs) online in kkkbec, as some anarchists spent way too much time and energy on that lame leftard Mediacoop. But it's not too late you know... the great debacle/liquidation of summer 2012 is now old enough to be cured/washed away for good... I think.

As long as you're angry, there is still hopelessness!

wwhat about actually attacking demos instead of trying to grow them into riots?

wwwhat about actually getting paid by the feds to spread moronic nonsense, instead of doing it for free?

Lol. Good one.

I give this countertroll (IGTC) a 9.5 out of 10.

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