LÉVIS, QC, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - For several weeks now, a group of
activists calling themselves PAJU (Palestinians and Jews United) has
been holding demonstrations in front of the LE MARCHEUR shoe store, a
Montreal business on St. Denis Street that has been in operation for 25
years and which belongs to the Archambault family of Quebec. The
activists are intimidating the store owner, pressuring him to remove a
particular brand of shoes, manufactured in Israel, from his shelves,
and are harassing customers to prevent them from buying shoes.
By distributing fiery tracts, accosting and haranguing customers and
passersby to discourage them from entering the store, and threatening
the store owners, these activists are engaging in practices verging on economic terrorism.
While several political organizations have denounced the repeated
attacks suffered by this Quebec family, the Bloc québécois enjoys the
support of this group of activists. In a document available on the Bloc
québécois web site, the two co-chairs declare: "The Bloc québécois is the party that offers the immigration and social
policies that will protect our civil rights. Therefore, PAJU asks
Quebec voters to give massive support to Bloc québécois candidates in
this federal election."
"What about the civil rights of the Archambault family, whose economic
survival is being jeopardized by the economic terrorism carried out by
this group of activists?" asks the Member of Parliament. "It is
completely unacceptable that MPs should associate themselves with
extremist movements," continues Mr. Blaney. "Why are Gilles Duceppe and
the Bloc members so delighted to have the support of activist groups
that attack honest Quebec merchants?" he asks. "In my opinion, Gilles
Duceppe should publicly dissociate himself from PAJU and condemn its
reprehensible actions," he adds.
Since this harassment is occurring in Laurier-Sainte-Marie, the riding
that Gilles Duceppe represents, he should immediately take concrete
actions to put a stop to this situation, which is totally unacceptable
in a democratic society such as ours, according to Steven Blaney.
SOURCE Député Fédéral de Lévis-Bellechasse - Steven Blaney
For further information:
Jean-Christophe de le Rue, Parliamentary Secretary
Office of Steven Blaney, M.P.