Montreal Protests: Anti-Protest Bill 78 Passes ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act

Published on May 19, 2012 by

05/18/2012- Quebec student bill ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act: law professor
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Key provisions of bill -78 as presented to the legislature:
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Legislation to crack down on student protests passed by National Assembly, called worst attack on civil rights since the War Measures Act
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May 18, 2012- As many as 10,000 people attended a march against Quebec’s emergency law bill 78 in the tuition crisis. Critics say the new rules infringe on civil rights.
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/18/montreal-protest-decl…

How to Film a Revolution – A Tutorial – Look out for Agent Provocateurs
FYI: Remain peaceful! Black bloc is not an organization, it is a tactic, and yes, the police have historically used it to shut down peaceful protests, Police have worn masks/disguised themselves to hide their identity, and once one act of vandalism/or unlawful act occurs it can now be legally termed an “unlawful assembly” now MASS ARRESTS will occur (such as Toronto G20), they can and will resort to force, kettling, tear gas, pepper spray and other violent means to disperse everyone at the otherwise peaceful assembly. That’s why its important to film events as they happen for video evidence of possible provocateur tactics to identify all illegal activities.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ui7VmMYv4

Quebec’s Anti Protest Law tramples basic rights: legal expert

“This bill, if adopted, is a breach to the fundamental, constitutional rights of the citizens,” the bar association president, bâtonnier Louis Masson, said in a statement.

“The scale of its restraints on fundamental freedoms isn’t justified by the objectives aimed by the government.”

He was referring to the bill’s most controversial elements:

* Section 16, which says that police has to be informed eights hours ahead of the time, duration and route of any demonstration by 10 or more people or more. (Friday morning the government appeared ready to increase that number to 25.)

* Section 17, which says that organizers, or even a student association taking part in the march without being its organizer, must make sure that the event complies with the parameters handed to police.

“The government is making it harder for people to organize spontaneous demonstrations. It is a limit on freedom of speech,” Mr. Masson said.

Legal scholars also gave Bill 78 a bad review.

“Read it. Stunned. Can’t believe that a democratic government can adopt such a law,” tweeted law professor Louis-Philippe Lampron, a Laval University expert in human rights.

Another Laval law professor, Fannie Lafontaine, had concerns about sections of the legislation which aim to prevent protesters from barring other students from attending school.

* Section 13 and 14 say that no one can “directly or indirectly contribute” to delaying classes or denying access to them.

* Section 15 says student associations must employ “appropriate means” to induce their members to not directly or indirectly disrupt classes.

* Section 25 threatens fines of up to $125,000 to groups that contravene the bill.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebecs-anti-protest-legislation…

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