The Pot & Pans of Quebec!
"In 1973, in Chile, the dictator in power made gatherings of 4 or more people illegal. The Chilean people expressed their outrage by banging on their pots and pans.
Let them be our inspiration!
In 2012, in Quebec, the people of this province are invited to express their outrage in the same way.
To show your peaceful and civil support of freedom of expression and democracy bang your pots and pans!
15 minutes, every day at 8:00pm!
WHERE YOU ARE
The Quebec government, in order to stifle the more than 100-day student protest against tuition hikes (they are proposing an increase of 75%…as in nearly doubling the fees) and student debts, has made gatherings of 50 or more people (originally, it was 10, then they realized that would be ridiculous) illegal, and have given an already stressed and overworked police force essentially limitless power to detain or arrest people for protesting, even through omission (as in, they can arrest you for not stopping people from protesting). This disgusting bill was passed literally overnight and is created so that it will cease existing one month before it is eligible to be struck down by the public.
Last night people protested, banging pots and pans in the streets for over 2 hours, and just short of the one hour mark right now people have no intention of stopping for the night, tonight.
I was out for about 45 minutes, marching through the neighbourhood, banging on my metal bowl, making a fuss with my neighbours. These were small families, with children, young students, parents, and grandparents. We reached an intersection where we met another group of people protesting. At a 4way intersection we circulated (following traffic lights; it’s a civil protest) over and over again, all of us meshing and crossing, banging and shouting.
If Charest can’t hear the voice of the people now, he’s in need of medical attention (or maybe psychiatric?)
I PROTEST; NOT JUST FOR THE STUDENTS,
BUT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE AND SUPPORT THEM
FINANCIALLY, AND THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS!