Last week, on June 5th, 2012, the government of Jean Charest revealed to the citizenry of Quebec that “the true north, strong and free” refers not to the freedom or strength of the people, but to the strong arm of law enforcement and its freedom to beat and trammel Canadians with impunity.
As a measure of Charest’s determination to bring to heel the people, his gendarmes arrested Amir Khadir, sole member of the Quebec Solidaire party in the National Assembly, and a particularly vocal political opponent, among seventy other peaceful demonstrators. But more than this, Charest’s enforcers, for good measure, raided the Khadir household Thursday, taking his teenage daughter, Yalda Machouf-Khadir away.
Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based trade unionist and social activist; a member of Vancouver’s Stopwar.ca coalition, Roger has also been involved with the Canada Haiti Action Network and runs the website, A Socialist in Canada.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; across Canada, and in capitals the world over, pots and pans are being brought into the streets to clang; not only in solidarity with Quebec’s students, but also to chime a chorus for a change in the crashing capitalist paradigm. And Victoria is no exception to the Casseroles movement; over the weekend, for a third week, the kitchen ware got air – this time downtown with the Soldarite! Block Party for Quebec Students. I went down to check it out.
Banging pots and pans with the Block Party in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster in her own right, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from the city’s streets and beyond. But first, Roger Annis and turning a corner in the Quebec student movement.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com