OTTAWA, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - "Yesterday's decision by a Quebec court judge is
more proof that police are being used by politicians to carry out
orders to stop democratic protests," says Dave Coles, president of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
Coles is the union leader who made headlines after unmasking Sûreté du
Québec "provocateurs" at the Montebello SPP summit of American, Mexican
and Canadian leaders in August 2007.
Quebec Judge Real Lapointe ruled yesterday that the order to stop the
demonstration at Montebello contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms. Leila Martin brought the case to court after she was
arrested at Montebello for protesting against the summit.
"It is obvious that the officers were following orders, and that these
orders violated rights and freedoms," Judge Lapointe ruled.
Dave Coles says: "It's now clear that the decision to stop the protest
at Montebello was illegal, but our question remains: Who was calling
the shots? Protesters should be guaranteed that the government will
not use police to incite violence again. Otherwise, how does legitimate
dissent get a hearing?"
Coles made headlines when a video of his confrontation with police, one
armed with a rock, and wearing black shirts and bandanas went viral on
CEP immediately called for an inquiry to find out who ordered the police
to try to turn a peaceful protest into a violent one, but was told it
had to take the case through the Quebec Ethics Committee, where "it is
now mired in red tape" according to Coles.
"No more hiding behind commissions and committees," says Coles. Prime
Minister Harper should do the right thing now and hold an independent
judicial inquiry. Yesterday's ruling is one more nail in the coffin of
whoever was responsible for this whole cover up."
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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