In our last post I mentioned how ridiculous the political situation is getting in Montreal. Loi 78 has been in effect for 4 days now and the protests have gotten more intense in response. Since the beginning of the student strike, the mainstream Montreal medias have been awfully biased and strategically framed to make the students look like wild and spoiled ruckusers. Luckily I’ve managed to steer clear from that kind of propaganda and get informed about the real situation either from friends on the field or alternative medias such as CUTV. Last night I had the misfortune to have an uncomfortable conversation with some friends where I realized that even people very close to me are swallowing the junk media that is portrayed on cable. That reality really hit my heart and made me realize the importance of real people representing themselves. Let’s get one thing clear, It is in the Charest government’s benefit to make the protesters look like savages because it legitimatizes their use of force and dictatorial methods. No one should have their right to speak out taken away from them no matter how small the minority and if Loi 78 doesn’t scare you it’s cause you’ve never been on the opposing side of the government’s priorities. Open your eyes Son! the government will not always have your concerns at heart .. take it a from a girl who’s a quintuple minority. So do yourself, unsubscribe from La Presse, stop watching CTV and start following real raw unedited coverage from CUTV. CUTV, which is a volunteer staffed community campus television station, has been providing us with real, live footage of the protests since day 1. Many of the volunteers have been arrested, pepper sprayed, and attacked but they’ve stood strong each night to bring us honest coverage of what is going on in Montreal. Whether or not you agree with the point of views you end up hearing at least you’ll actually see what’s going on on the field and trust me it’s quite an eye opener. Big Shout outs and Thank Yous to the CUTV team for being so active for the community.
Now I don’t usually dabble in political blogging because I don’t feel versed enough to take on the responsibility of having a clear opinion and understanding of what is going on in the governing powers but today’s dictatorial news hit me with such force that I had to hit back however best I can, and I encourage you to do the same.
So here’s the breakdown:
In response to the past 14 weeks of student striking and protesting, the Jean Charest government decided that they would create a special provisional law ‘Loi spéciale 78’ that would prevent further public disruption, violence, and disorder linked to these protests as well as ‘permit students to receive teachings from the post-secondary establishment they attend’. At least that is the argument they are using to warrant the creation of this totalitarian regime. This new law is in full effect as of late May 17th and is to be in sanctioned to be active till July 1st 2013. You can read the full French copy of what this law entails here but these are a few of the major points.
I mean WOW, what can I say. We have now entered a police state. Now I don’t care how you feel about the student strike cause to be honest I have a lot of mixed feelings about it myself but we can’t let the government blind us with that pretext to create a dictatorship right in front of our very eyes. According to this law I would drowning in 125 000$ x 100 debt right now because I dared to publicly oppose to the cultural discrimination of Hip Hop and shared my support to many of my student strikers fam. My mother, my sister dang my 12-year-old brother would be racking in fines right now. This law enables complete censorship of the mass and gives full power to the government. It is an unprecedented radical law that could literally change the essence of this province forever if we don’t fight back. Don’t let yourself be fooled in thinking that this isn’t your fight or that its ok cause it’s only provisional. Laws are the foundation on which our lives our dictated. Ever get frustrated that laws that were created centuries ago still affect your daily well this is your chance to make sure we don’t let this nonsense be passed down to our children. This law isn’t just about the student strike. It’s about freedom of speech and thought, freedom to work together, freedom to have unity against oppressors, freedom to fight back. We can’t let the government sanction a law against that freedom not because it’ll stop our leaders from fighting but cause it’ll stop our followers from following. Think about all those people who already stay silent in face of all this adversity, how does this affect them? If we can no longer fight as a unit it leaves us to fight individually and how many of you can say that you have that kind of strength in you? This law will only lead to more terrible laws and be the prototype for a regime that has none of us at heart.
So here’s what I urge you all to do: Read the Law. Translate, explain and share with anyone you know who doesn’t know or understand. Sign the Petition. Stay Informed. Search new ways to fight back and share them. Keep the fam close and never forget that united we stand strong.
Mad Love to all my fam that made me aware of this and I promise to keep doing my part.
p.s: CHAREST GET THE HELL OUT!!!
p.p.s: I just staked another series of fines by blogging this Ha!
p.p.s: I’m not pro-Pauline Maurois or anything but this video helped me understand this law a lot so check it out
So we’ve talked a lot about the student strike and protests on the show (listen if you like, all episodes are archived here on the blog). It’s been on everyone’s minds, and the students still protesting are a reminder that this issue won’t be just swept under the rug, which is fully commendable, and speaks to the level of commitment that these students have. They’ve been called lazy, spoiled kids by the press, but if that were true, why would they be walking the streets every night? Not out of laziness anyway. Continue reading