Solidarity Means Attack - Call For Support From Montréal!

<table><tr><td>“You can cut down all of the flowers but you cannot stop the spring.”
- poster circulating around the strike

<strong>THE LAWS</strong>
On Friday, May 18, 2012, two new laws came into effect in montréal. Their purpose is to stifle the anti-capitalist revolt that has emerged from the student strike that began in this province fifteen weeks ago, to restore order and clear the way for the implementation of austerity measures in this territory.

The first is a municipal by-law. It aims to discourage people from wearing masks at demonstrations by threatening them with fines from $1000 to $5000. It comes as the federal government is contemplating a law, to be implemented across the whole territory of the canadian state, that would punish those who conceal their identities “while participating in a riot” with a maximum of ten years in prison.</td><td><img title="revolutionary crops can't be cut down because they are all underground" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/flowers.jpg"></td></tr></ta...

The second is the provincial government’s <em>Special Law</em> which demands that all public manifestations of popular dissent submit themselves to fastidious control by the state. Any demonstration, anywhere in québec, must submit a start time and a complete route to the local police at least eight hours in advance; if it does not, it is illegal. The route can also be changed at any time by the police. There can be no demonstrations on the grounds of academic institutions, nor even within fifty metres of them. Any leader, spokesperson, or rank-holding member of a student association that blocks access to classes or counsels others to do so will be subjected to a fine ranging between $7000 and $35,000. If a student association as a whole is found guilty of the above, they will be subjected of a fine between $25,000 and $125,000. The amounts are doubled for second offences, and student associations can lose one semester of membership fees for every day that the law is violated. It is also illegal to encourage any other person to attend an illegal demonstration, and it is potentially illegal to livetweet where the demo is and what it’s up to at any given time.

In the three days that the Special Law has been in place, its tangible effect on the movement has been that CLASSE, the most radical student union, has taken down its calendar of events, which listed all of the actions that were happening in montréal and other cities across québec. A new anonymous website has gone up.

In and of themselves, these two new laws will probably not contribute much to putting more people behind bars in the same way as the federal government’s project of prison expansion and criminal justice overhaul. Instead, the aim is to destroy the finances of organizations that have accommodated themselves to the system and perhaps recoup some of the enormous costs incurred as a result of economic sabotage, traffic and commuter chaos, and police overtime over the last few months. To be clear, the fat bank accounts of the student federations were a crucial component of this situation beginning, and since they could be helpful in the future, they’re worth defending. Sustaining the revolt, however, does not require money so much as courage, will, and creativity. We <strong>will</strong> get what we need to keep fighting, even if it becomes somewhat harder to do so.

Still, what happened in legislative assemblies and city council meetings has had and will have an effect on the streets. Demos are being declared as illegal from the moment they begin, which emboldens the SPVM (local cops) and the SQ (provincial cops) to use more intense dispersal techniques and greater levels of force earlier on. Prior to this law, they’d taken eyes, broken arms, shattered jaws, and put people into life-threatening comas. But people are still in the streets, throwing asphalt at riot cops and building burning barricades...

<strong>THE STRIKE</strong>
To contextualize things, the strike – if defined as students refusing to attend school – began at the start of February when most of the cégeps in the province of québec, as well as two of the largest universities, voted to strike. Through a series of consistent general assemblies, the student unions and specific faculties of these schools have maintained that they are on strike, each of the bodies defining their intentions and goals. For some of the schools, continuing the strike has been a week-to-week re-negotiation while others voted right from the beginning to participate in an unlimited general strike, and still others voted to strike until all education was free.

At first, the government refused to negotiate with the student federations, insisting that the decision had already been made. It took until the latter half of April before talks could happen, thanks in large part to the unilateral call for a truce by CLASSE’s executive without the consultation of the membership. This truce took the form of CLASSE stating that no actions would happen under their name while negotiations were in progress. Talks broke down when a confrontational demo, not planned by CLASSE, took the streets on April 24, the government refused to sit down with CLASSE any longer, and the other two federations walked out in solidarity. Whether the government knew it and was being manipulative, or didn’t and was being stupid, it should have been clear that the federation bureaucrats no longer had any control over the people in the streets – and this was no longer simply about increasing tuition fees. When further talks two weeks later produced an actual proposal for a deal, the federation memberships rejected it. There is no reason to think there will be any more talks for some time. That leaves significantly fewer options for a leftist recuperation.

<strong>TODAY</strong>
Right now, the general sentiment in the street is that we will not stop, we will not be contained, and we do not want this to end now. We have watched the situation transform from a limited strike with reformist goals to a generalized revolt with revolutionary aspirations. The diversity of tactics being used, the cries that ring out during demos, and the kinds of targets that get attacked are pretty clear indications that this is about so much more than tuition fees – and many moments have been beautiful in a way that is hard to convey. We won’t give up on this.

And we want you to feel what we’re feeling. We know you feel something, but we want you to feel it like we feel it. We know that every time one of us goes to jail, every time a comrade in the streets loses their eye to the shrapnel of a concussion grenade or their ear to a rubber bullet to the head, that there are so many others who feel the heat of vengeance swell inside them. Knowing the global situation, knowing that people are approaching the breaking point not just here but everywhere, it needs to be insisted upon that what is happening in québec is not exceptional. What has happened here can happen elsewhere and it <em>needs</em> to happen elsewhere. Everything we’re doing has been inspired by the revolts and uprisings that have taken hold in other places. If it can’t inspire social disruptions of its own, then it will die out quick.

So this is a call out for solidarity as much as it’s our heartfelt hope that one day you’ll feel this around you as well. This needs to spread past montréal, past québec. Bring it to your cities and communities in whatever way you can, using whatever methods and means are at your disposal.

Our hearts and heads are tired, but we’re still smiling.

We want to see the strike spread. We want to see this social upheaval spread.

When shit is fucked, fuck shit up.

<em>Please circulate widely.</em>

Comments

"revolutionary crops can't be cut because they're all underground"

OH SNAP!

ALL US RADICALS, ANARCHISTS, AND OCCUPIERS SHOULD HEAD THIS CALL LIKE IT WERE GREECE CALLING FOR OUR SOLIDARITY! DEMONSTRATIONS, ACTIONS, UP THE STRUGGLE!

yes plz!

for excellent coverage on the student strike and the ongoing protests, check out:

http://cutvmontreal.ca/

and

http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/stories

eewwwwww... cop cooties...

I would appreciate if the person who "was not character assassinating" migs and doesn't find this situation "super-tragic" to email that statement to my email, along with which statements I have said that you consider untrue. This doesnt have to do with anarchist politics, I'm not a cop, I just think it Would be decent of you to make it clear who I should avoid, as I live in this city, and I will continue to live in this city.

In fact, I would really appreciate a written a signed letter from all the people in the city who have ostracized and denounced me, that would be very helpful

Hey anon! Who's Migs? What are you talking about?

- a Montréal anarchist

I'm talking about gaslighting and very sad and very ugly mentally ill people

Yes some real "pillars of the community" and also some people around them that are drug addict zombies accusing me of all sorts of bizarre things.

And then there are some state-funded therapists around them doling out some supergreat relationship advice on par with oprah winfrey in the color purple saying "beat ha" or goerrings advice to the administrators of the joy division

Meanwhile, no one quite understands why I'm here, and that's fine. They don't understand what they don't understand

I have not taken one drug for almost a year and I rarely drink, I have never been diagnosed mentally ill..I am not any more of jerk than any fool here-the difference being that I'm not a fucking liar and I don't have a bourgeois job...I do not mean to insult the mentally ill by comparing them to the person who is writing the snitch_jacketing and spreading the poisonous rumours...

crazy is contagious

you know youre saying something immoral when u have to say 'but im not a cop'

why did the NATO Mark Nieweem snitch article disappear. That's really strange. Anyways, for anyone interested here is a link to the lawyer for the three arrested NATO activists who are now in solitary confinement confirming that Nieweem is believed to have been 1 of the 2 informants who set the Bridgeport sting up.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/22/attorney_nato_3_activists_detained_on

I would appreciate if you would personally that to me, or even better please write it on a piece of paper, which you crumple up, throw in front of me, stop the car to retrieve, and then press into my hand.

The lawyer does not say that AT ALL.

The lawyer says "They also entered that fourth apartment, again without showing a warrant and without any consent. And there is where they eventually arrested the nine people. They arrested two additional people down the street. Six of those people have since been released without charges. As you know, the NATO Three are facing very serious terrorism threats—or terrorism charges. And the other two are who we now believe to be police informants."

Mark was not arrested with the NATO Three, he was arrested separately. The lawyer is talking about 2 other people.

Jesus Fucking Chris, Does the Chicago snitch drama ever end? Yes their dealing with heavy shit but come the fuck on, where's the fucking proof of who's a snitch aside from the they said he said shit? So much fracturing drama and paranoia in the city that I would begin to look for the one common denominator, the mouth always involved but above recourse and suspicion.

Either that or you all need to shut the fuck up and handle such serious shit with caution and maturity. But hey, serious Koodoos on the ARA action

Does this have shit all to do with the article about Montreal?

You published the garbage, genius.

And I want to thank you for that - being a vehicle for a witchhunt by a sociopath - as well as for informing on me to the police. Thanks for the memories, jamie. You must really love me.

I hear some voices here defending me. I don't know who you are, but thank you. Its really sad that I have to spend probably a few more years in my city not knowing who these disembodied voices are who have condemned me. Its a nice little sci-fi story, but its pretty ancient actually.

Tulips...

...Mean attack?

Solidarity from the west coast comrades! We dream of the flames in your eyes!

I'm watching the events in Quebec radicalizing all the occupy moderates I met last winter.
The threat of a good example so close to home.

It's the Quebec Spring!

Paris '68 ----> Montreal 2012 !

holy shit you are right.

anarchists should go there and make the struggle grow and spread and deepen until there is an indefinate general strike in montreal going on and the streets are all Oaxaca'ed up.

yes plz!

I have some housing to volunteer to the Montreal department of riot tourism. We should figure out how to organize accommodations for friends that want to take vacations in Quebec without CSIS getting all up in our couchsurfing bizniz.

Can't think how except the same old word-of-mouth, friends-of-friends type deal.

MAKE MORE FRIENDS < SMASH THE STATE IN MONTREAL TO MAKE FRIENDS

1. stay off the internet 2. be at the riots you will end up meeting all kind of good people 3.enjoy yourself while fucking shit up this kind of shit don't happen very often. if you follow these 3 tips your couch will be filed with anarcho tourist in no time

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