This seems like an interesting demonstration I came across!!!people should pass it on, show up and support it!!!!
Somebody Arrest Me!
Solidarity with the struggle in Quebec. Against the criminalization of dissent.
Opposing Bill C 78 and the Federal Bill C 309
Saturday June 2nd, 7pm
Kitchener City Hall, and neighbourhood
Bring your Masks, Bring your Pots and Pans, Claim our Freedom to Dissent, Protesting is not a Crime!
We will wear masks and hear speeches about the struggle in Quebec, the international assault on the poor, and the Federal Bill C 309.
Then we will disobey. We will march in our masks.
Bring your pots and pans. As demos in Quebec have been incorporating the clanging of pots and pans – we will do the same!
Some masks will be available as supplies last. Feel free to wear any type of mask that you’d like.
Get creative; we can have fun, mocking these laws!
As of May 26, students in Quebec are on their 104th day of strike and protest against proposed tuition increases.
A violent clamp down has taken place and police brutality is rampant. Serious injuries have resulted.
On May 18, 2012 Bill C 78 was passed into law. The law restricts the ability to demonstrate and organize opposition to the system.
The legislation provides for fines of $3,000 for wearing a mask.
Penalties climb to between $7,000 and $35,000 for a student leader and to between $25,000 and $125,000 for unions or
student federations who organize protests outside of the fascist framework of the bill.
The struggle is only growing and intensifying in response!!!!
Read some of the ‘highlights’ of the bill along with some criticism here:
There is also legislation in the works that threatens to further criminalize dissent, across the Nation State. Federal Standing Bill C-309
Conservative backbencher Blake Richards is proposing penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000
for protesters who wear a mask or disguise.
This is an amendment to existing laws that seeks to allow for the arrest of anyone wearing a mask at a protest,
even if they are not said to have done anything else illegal.
Blake Richards, MP Wild Rose AB, put forward ‘An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity)’, in a private members bill-
a bill introduced in the House of Commons by a member of parliament who is not a cabinet minister.
A private member’s bill follows the same legislative process as a government bill, but the time allocated for its consideration is restricted.
Bill C 309, titled ‘Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act’, was presented in a Committee Report
on Feb 15, 2012. Having passed that, the Bill will now be read a second time and referred to the Standing Bill C 309.
Read the entire bill. Its short!
(due to restrictions at the govt web site, you will likely have to cut and paste this address)