CLOSE TO 1,000 PROTEST TROOP DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN:
QUEBEC CITY: Close to 1,000 people turned out last Friday, June 22nd, to protest Canada's role in the war in Afghanistan. The occasion was a military parade by the Royal 22nd Regiment, the 'Vandoos'. This takes place in a climate where over 70% of Quebecers oppose sending Canadian troops to Afghanistan. Despite refusing to stand when the Quebec National Assembly applauded military representatives who were in the public gallery the Parti Quebecois voted along with the other parties to commend the soldiers being sent overseas.
In the run-up to the march and protests local talk radio host Bouchard of 93.3 FM urged his listeners to form a human blockade to prevent the protests. Nobody listened to him, and the protests went smoothly with no violence and no arrests. The protest began at 6:30 pm, and at one point about 8:30 pm a group of protestors managed to march alongside the military parade. The police formed a line to prevent contact between the two parties, but unlike in some other other places they kept their cool. The Coalition Guerre a la Guerre:Valcartier 2007 pronounced the protest a success.
To see photos of the event like Molly shows above go to http://www.pcr-rcp.ca/fr/photo?id=66 .
Pour lire plus en francais a Quebec Indymedia http://quebec.indymedia.org/fr/node/27618