Saturday, May 26, 2012
Quebec and the Spirit of Resistance
A massive thunderstorm hit Montreal this evening. The heavens really opened up.
But that didn't stop thousands of people from parading through the streets, beating their pots and pans.
Even though in a city full of riot cops armed with a fascist bill, anything could happen.
More than 2,500 people have been arrested in a months-long dispute that has catapulted the province onto international news pages, which is at least five times the number jailed during the 1970 FLQ crisis that saw martial law declared in Quebec.
And Jean Charest is refusing to scrap or modify the bill, so even more peaceful protesters could be kettled and arrested.
But tonight the marches ended peacefully, and despite the soggy weather there was a mood of celebration. The students are taking their battle to the courts.
After dragging its heels for months, the Charest government appears ready to finally negotiate. As its support crumbles like a wet paper bag.
And although Quebecers prefer to solve conflicts by consensual means, and the way this struggle has divided them is for many profoundly disturbing. And despite all the arrests and the pepper spray, the spirit of resistance is alive and well.
And all I can say is... oh boy how how lucky they are.
Standing up for a better society, fighting the corrupt Charest regime, like we should be fighting the corrupt Con regime in Ottawa.
Showing us the way out of submission and despair.
To resist is to live. And in the darkness of Harperland.
Never did a casserole symphony sound so beautiful...
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