Montreal’s Anti-capitalist Convergence (CLAC) is inviting residents to take back the streets!
Every year at the beginning of summer, for years now, Montreal has fallen prey to a strange fever. For a period of several days, the air labours under a dense and foul-smelling cloud, residents suffer from a kind of collective tinnitus, a persistent and irritating ringing which disturbs thought and sleep. Many neighbourhoods, especially downtown, are invaded by hordes of blank-faced zombies, stripped of their senses and moving mechanically under the hypnotic influence of a malevolent power.
This disturbing state of affairs is brought on by tens of thousands of parasites who swarm into our beautiful city, stifling its habitual joy of living and injecting it with a paralyzing venom.
Every year, in the month of June, Montreal falls prey to the macho and consumerist virus of the Grand Prix!
Creeping politicians and flashy de luxe dealers are pumping themselves up to suck the blood of this crowd, handed over on a giant checker-board.
Streets are blocked off so that we can be subjected to grosteque advertising and alienating shows.
The forces of repression outdo themselves to maintain the commercial peace.
This year, the Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC) is proposing an antidote:
We won't let car culture drive us off the road!
IT IS TIME TO COLLECTIVELY RE-APPROPRIATE OUR SPACE!
Fuck the Grand Prix! Down with car culture!
6 June to 13 June: call for autonomous action!!!!
More info: http://www.clac-montreal.net/
info @ clac-montreal.net
First of all, we suggest you read this fine backgrounder on the history of critical mass :
Montreal, 11 June 2012 -- Two weeks before the Formula 1 turbo-capitalist circus arrived in Montreal, the Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC), just like other organizations, issued a call to action.
In the context of the current social crisis, this event - emblematic of the excesses of the wealthy, of environmental destruction and explicit mysogyny - was bound to provoke a strong reaction from those actively fighting for a society free from all forms of exploitation.
Over the past three months, we’ve seen the student strike evolve into a larger social revolt. It’s clear that this is no longer simply about tuition fees. Now, the Grand Prix is coming to town, and the rich people who’ll benefit from this spectacle are having a gala just one neighbourhood over, in Little Burgundy. This comes in the midst of the intensifying gentrification of Saint-Henri, the government implementing an austerity budget, and the police receiving more leeway to do whatever they want to us.
vendredi 18:00 – 20:00
Dorchester Square (Peel and Rene Levesque), Peel Metro
Résistez au Grand Prix Formule 1 et à la répression étatique
De Bahreïn à Montréal (une action de solidarité)
Vendredi 8 juin 2012, 18h00
Square Dorchester (coin Peel et René-Lévesque), Métro Peel
10 juin 2012
07:00 – 13:00
Combien de personnes le système de Métro peut transporter en une journée? Et si on décidait tous d'aller faire une balade sur l'Île Notre-Dame dimanche le jour du Grand Prix? Juste pour voir combien de personne peuvent entrer dans le métro?
En arrivant sur l'île vous pouvez virer de bord et puis recommencer. Juste pour le plaisir.
Montreal, 4 June 2012 -- The Convergence of Anti-Capitalist Struggles (CLAC-Montreal), responding to a call by the student and popular protest movements, will participate in a week of economic disruption around the Grand Prix Formula 1 in Montreal. In particular, CLAC is inviting itself to the Grand Prix's opening cocktail party, at Arsenal on June 7th.