OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Sûreté du Québec finally admitted
yesterday that three violent provocateurs filmed, photographed and "arrested"
during protests in Montebello were its agents. But political and law
enforcement leadership remains silent. Stockwell Day and Jacques Dupuis are
both trying to pass the buck. Enough prevarication: the Canadian Union of
Public Employees demands immediate answers, followed by a public inquiry.
The SQ tried at first to deny its agents were involved, and now denies
they committed criminal acts, despite evidence raising serious doubt. A
YouTube video ("Stop SPP Protest - Union Leader stops provocateurs"), as well
as pictures taken by CUPE and available on its website, shows clearly that at
least one of the agents carried a rock the size of his fist and refused to
drop it. He also insulted and brutally shoved Dave Coles, CEP president.
Witnesses appear to say the three policemen incited them to riot.
Now serious questions arise: why is the SQ trying to cover up this
possibly criminal behaviour? What orders were these three agents following?
Was this a provocation mission, part of the operational plan for the summit?
Who knew what?
With its delaying tactics, the SQ is damaging its credibility to answer
questions. Canadian citizens are now entitled to ask whether their governments
recognize and protect the right to demonstrate peacefully. It is now up to
Harper and Charest to provide clear answers, and launch an independent, public
For further information:
For further information: Stan Marshall, CUPE National Services Director,
(613) 286-6568 (cell); Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1892,