|So you don't have to.|
Though the jackboots and billy-clubs might be Made in Canada , the increasing intolerance of protesting is a mirror image of our own ever-expanding police state, complete with the propaganda.
Some things Made in America are not worth the trouble to export.
After months of student protests over rising tuition costs the police state has decided it's time to put an end to allowing citizens to redress their government by gathering in large groups. The new emergency measure restricts protests to less than ten people at a time, any more than 10 would require advanced notification as to where and when and what time of day they wish to gather for an event.
This is kind of like asking permission for a revolution in advance.
On its heels, the city of Montreal also passed a bylaw prohibiting wearing masks after several cloaked protesters smashed storefronts and clashed with police during demonstrations continuing into a 14th week amid a deadlock in negotiations.
Fines for breaches of the two laws range from $500 to $250,000. An exception to the no-mask rule, however, is allowed for the Halloween holiday.
Students, unions and the opposition party criticized the government over the emergency law, with one former premier calling it “barbaric.”
Louis Masson, president of the Quebec Bar Association representing 24,000 lawyers, said it goes too far by restricting fundamental “freedoms of expression… to a point that begs the question, who would now dare protest.”
But isn't that the point?
This law has effectively eliminated the "right" to protest in Quebec. "If we are no longer able to protest in our society, it becomes a totalitarian society,' said Louis Roy, head of the Confederation des Syndicats
Nationeux which represents most university and college teachers in the province. "We are telling our members to defend their fundamental right, the right to demonstrate', he added.