If you were arrested and received a ticket for an infraction of the P6 bylaw during a CLAC demonstration on April 5 or May first, please send us your email adress, we will add your name to our list so that we can send you updates and organize collectively against the tickets.
If you haven't already entered a non-guilty plea for your ticket (last page of the ticket) for 1 May, information on how to do so is included at the end of this message. You have to do this within 30 days of the date you received the ticket. Note that sending your ticket to Denis Poitras is not the same as entering a non-guilty plea or challenging the ticket - you have to send or bring it to the Municipal Court.
After you send in your non-guilty plea, you will eventually receive a letter in the mail giving you a date to appear in court to challenge your ticket. Because there have been so many P6 tickets issued in the last few weeks, we will probably have to wait months, even years, before we get a court date.
Montréal, May 1st, 2013 – For the sixth consecutive year, Montréal’s Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) organized an anti-capitalist demonstration to commemorate the International Workers Day on May 1st.
The demonstration left the City Hall at 6pm with the objective of making its way to the infamous private club 357C, the crooks 's club.
A politicized police force ever at the service of the corrupt political and financial elite and willing to use disproportionate force in doing so, the SPVM has once again denied the public the right to express its discontent with injustices and abuses. Once more, they decided quite arbitrarily to brutalize and criminalize more than 400 people whose only crime was to denounce the suffocating status quo. Municipal by-law P-6 is used as a pretext to shutting down dissent.
The austerity measures currently enacted by both the federal and provincial governments (such as Unemployment Insurance reforms and cuts to social security), clearly show that those in power are simply doing the footwork of capitalist interests, interests they defend tooth and nail over the social rights hard-won throughout history by
a constantly put-upon working-class.
This May 1st, the CLAC has decided to do a symbolic march to highlight the path from City Hall to the private club 357C. This den of thieves perfectly represents the “culture” of secrecy and cronyism that reigns among the ruling class, the political class, and the world of organized crime. According to Emma Smith, co-spokesperson for CLAC,
“…in order to justifty exploitation and injustice, the elite have always used secrecy, corruption, manipulation, and violence. Collusion, cronyism, and scams of all kinds are not the exception… these are the basic rules of the capitalist game.”
In this time of polarized class interests, it isn’t surprising to see governments enact laws that quash popular resistance to their abuses of power and repress anyone that tries to disturb the dominant political and economic order. The insistence of municipal officials (notably the members of the thoroughly corrupt Union Montréal Party)
on upholding the liberticidal P-6 bylaw is only the latest instance of the repressive tendencies of the political elite.
“Historically, May 1st has always been a day of international anti-capitalist resistance and struggle. CLAC firmly positions itself on the side of this proud tradition of popular and worker’s resistance,” said William Tremblay, co-spokesperson for CLAC.
This is a call to participate IN LARGE NUMBERS in the annual anti-capitalist demonstration organized on the occasion of International Workers' Day.
This is also a call for autonomus action... May 1 lasts 24 hours!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
meet at 6pm *SHARP*
place Jacques-Cartier – in front of Montréal City Hall
[métro Place-d'Armes or Champ-de-Mars]
WE ARE INVITING OURSELVES TO THE EXCLUSIVE CLUB 357C !
Yesterday evening, April 23, Montreal City Council voted to maintain the anti-protest by-law P-6. It's not at City Hall that P-6 will be defeated, but rather on the streets with our continued defiance and disobedience.
78 community groups have already endorsed the public statement below, clearly stating that they will not negotiate demonstration routes with the police. We encourage more community organizations to do so as well.
Please share the statement below with local organizations. Send notifications of endorsing groups to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solidarity against police repression in Montreal: We will not submit to the municipal by-law P-6
With this public declaration, we assert our opposition to by-law P-6: we will continue to demonstrate without negotiating our demo routes with police, and we will systematically challenge all tickets that arise from this by-law.
[Media Advisory] [For immediate release]
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE :
WE WILL NOT SUBMIT TO MUNICIPAL BY-LAW P-6
Press Point & “Action”
Monday, April 22, 2013, 10am
in front of the Palais de justice
(corner of St-Laurent & Notre-Dame)
Contact: email@example.com - 438-875-7243
Press conference called by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal (CLAC) with the participation of endorsing organizations.
78 grassroots community groups in Montreal are announcing their intention to not respect the anti-protest municipal by-law.
Public Statement: Solidarity against police repression in Montreal: We will not submit to the municipal by-law P-6
(below or linked here: http://www.clac-montreal.net/en/against-P6)