P-6 BYLAW: QUÉBEC SUPERIOR COURT INVALIDATES THE PROVISION ON MASKS AND RECOGNIZES THE RIGHT FOR SPONTANEOUS PROTESTS TO NOT DISCLOSE AN ITINERARY (Press Release)

By: Julien Villeneuve, Standing Committee for the Support of Demonstrators (SCSD)
Originally published on: June 22 2016
Original French text here: https://www.facebook.com/Anarchopanda/posts/885912131520663

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montreal, June 22 2016

P-6 BYLAW: QUÉBEC SUPERIOR COURT INVALIDATES THE PROVISION ON MASKS AND RECOGNIZES THE RIGHT FOR SPONTANEOUS PROTESTS TO NOT DISCLOSE AN ITINERARY

This ruling (see link) has landed four years after Anarchopanda pour la gratuité scolaire filed an application for unconstitutionality, following the Tremblay administration’s amendments to the P-6 bylaw at the height of the student protests of 2012, presumably the result of a political order by Jean Charest’s Liberal government.

The ruling confirms article 3.2 of the bylaw, which prevents face-covering by any participant in an assembly, gathering or march in the public space “without reasonable cause”, as being “excessive, unreasonable and arbitrary”. It has also been deemed unconstitutional according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as it infringes freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly.
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More Cuts, More Cops (La Presse)

By Joëlle Dussault, MA Candidate in Sociology at UQAM and researcher for the Commission populaire sur la repression politique
Originally published on: December 29, 2014
See original French version here: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/9df1b8e0-5df5-4abb-b937-b573c954d24b%7C_0.html

“The more they cut, the more cops they put out there”; a well-known protest slogan from the last few years. At the dawn of 2015, this simple expression becomes fully realized. At the moment that groups of all kinds are mobilizing to fight against the austerity measures being imposed on all public services in the past few years, there is one that, to the contrary, is on the rise.

Between 2004 and 2013, the annual budget of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) grew by more than 241 million dollars (budgetary document 2004, 2013 SPVM). From 2004 to 2014, 634 more police officers were authorized in the territory of Montreal (annual reports, 2004, 2013 SPVM).

The SPVM has also equipped itself with two sound canons that can project up to 143 decibels costing, respectively, $6000 – $12 000. And that is without mentioning Thunder 1, the armored truck worth $364 606 that the SPVM recently acquired. What will be the toy of 2015? All bets are off!

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