Uncivil Civil Protesters. Or why we won’t be attending any more G20 Civil Liberties rallies (WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT!)
July 14th, 2010
WARNING! LANGUAGE (AND MESSAGE) WILL BE HIGHLY OFFENSIVE TO SOME VIEWERS. (It sure was to me!)”
YouTube Video, “G20 PROTESTERS’ “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY”, “FUCK CANADA” AND “FASCIST COWARDS” NOT HELPING CAUSE” 3:29 min
I admit that maybe it’s just me. And I admit I support our Police. But I also know that police reviewing police actions during G20 is (almost) as bogus and (almost) as contemptuous of the public as City of Mississauga Corporate Security investigating itself. I support a full independent inquiry into what happened during G20.
That’s why I went to the G20 Canada Day Rally at Queen’s Park and why we marched the following Saturday during the Canadian Civil Liberties, Day of Action Rally.
The problem with these public rallies is that the public shows up. It’s clear that no matter how offensive the protest sign (“MY CANADA INCLUDES THE CHARTER YOU FASCIST COWARDS!”, “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY”) or how offensive the chant (“FUCK CANADA” during the singing of Oh Canada at the Canada Day Rally) all is accepted under “Freedom of Expression” by rally organizers.
Fact is, if I wanted to make moderate rally participants look like extremist hooligans, I can’t think of a better way than to infiltrate with a highly-offensive, highly-visible sign complete with highly-offensive chants. Were these three protesters real? Or plants to discourage moderate Canadians from joining? I don’t know. But I suspect the former—real protesters.
I was also annoyed by the chant, “HEY HEY! HO HO! BILL BLAIR’S GOT TO GO!” What? The great defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights calling for a police chief’s resignation before results of any inquiry are in?
Then there was “HEY HEY! HO HO! STEPHEN HARPER HAS GOT TO GO!” Too True! But throughout Sunday I never heard a single “HEY HEY! HO HO!” chant crapping on Dalton (Mr. Secret Law) McGuinty!
By far the worst thing for me was discovering that I had followed someone waving a “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY” sign to any and all for much of the route.
That’s all I have to say about those rallies. I’m still too indignant and crabby to write about much else.
So. Let’s see what I was doing exactly a year ago today…
Hmmm… Filing a video report opposing The Mississauga Youth Plan at a Maui skateboard park…
That certainly puts things in perspective. The City of Mississauga lying to kids and their parents is far more offensive than a sign saying “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY!”
The (HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY?) Mississauga Muse