In Montreal the police have used their provincially-granted powers to end protests before they begin. The scrofulous authority to legally kettle, arrest, and ticket peaceful protestors — as well as innocuous bystanders — stems from bill 78 and Montreal's P-6 bylaw. Routs of police spring from rental vans to ambush and corner protestors as part of standard policing procedure. They've recently increased the urgency of their tactics, which initially were mostly used in response to protracted protests that marred the city center with petty vandalism and some instances of rock-throwing against police. The rock-throwing, an unwelcome act among the majority of peaceful protestors, as well as the vandalism was carried out by an anti-capitalist sect who used the massive gatherings as a barrier between them and the police. Their actions have helped to propagate a chasm between youths and authority; police attack with blunt force, tear-gas, and sound grenades while cloaked in para-military garb declaiming an absence of constitutional rights. The protestors, often with their eyes forward and not scrutinizing their own cavalcade, only feel the capsicum sting and the indignity of arrest.
This exposé deals with the police response inside Montreal to the evanescent red-square protests. This is the first 7 minutes of the program. The entire video runs at 27 minutes and will be aired as part of Canal Savoir (hopefully this fall).
In this truncated video Samantha Mileto and Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft are the reporters. Gabriella Musacchio and Sara Pelletier are the hosts. I was the camera-man, editor/packaging editor, and protest photographer/videographer.