Someone’s launched a tumblr called Entendu dans une manif.
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Been out on the casserole, so to speak. Things seen:
A little girl came up to me with a spoon, and we took turns playing a rhythm on my comically tiny “casserole” (really a metal measuring cup).
On St-Denis, some people pulled up in a tow truck and began tossing bottles of water to anyone in the crowd who wanted one, and then let off their tow-truck klaxon to great applause.
Lots of people on balconies, clanging away above the marching crowd.
I left the initial Villeray march, which was moving off eastward, and walked back toward St-Denis. I could hear terrific drumming and expected to encounter another march – but it wasn’t a march. Near Jean-Talon, a crowd of about 30 on the sidewalk were drumming vigorously, led by a couple of young guys thumping a rhythm on several big empty recycling bins. Across the wide street, on a second-floor balcony, another smaller group had hung a selection of kitchen equipment on a rope and were playing it like a rhythm section, call-and-response style to the group across the street.
This was great. People who came by were mostly carrying some kind of pot, and got drawn into the rhythm and hung around. Cars honked as they passed. Two older women drew up chairs on the Subway terrasse and hung out to enjoy the scene.
So now I’m thinking about several things:
It’s kind of a rule that when you say something repeatedly and accompany it with physical action, it gets ingrained into your brain and your body and your nerves. (Most religions make use of this.) People are doing something active here. They’re not just saying they’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more – they’re enacting this, vigorously, night after night, in company with other people doing the same thing. This is powerful, primordial stuff. We’re a sedentary people now, by and large – but people are walking kilometers happily making loud noises and enjoying the hell out of it.
If the student groups reach a deal, does that mean this will all stop?
What will become of all that human energy that’s suddenly surging through the streets of this city every evening?
And let’s not be naive – let’s not kid ourselves. Political leaders may be taken aback by this movement, but they are not wasting time dithering. They’re making plans how to turn it to their own ends – all of them.
Guardian UK profiles Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, mentioning the many death threats he’s received since coming into prominence; Amnesty International condemns Bill 78 as “an affront to basic freedoms”; Monday evening, lawyers in full legal kit will march silently from the Palais de justice to Place Émilie-Gamelin to underline their dismay at a law that attacks freedom of expression and association.
Talks are set to resume between the Quebec government and the student leaders representing FEUQ, FECQ and CLASSE. This CBC article quotes Martine Desjardins saying the students have no plan to target the festivals and are more interested in the June 11 byelections in Argenteuil and LaFontaine ridings.
It isn’t clear Sunday when talks are to resume between the government and the students, but some are hoping for Monday.
FECQ’s Léo Bureau-Blouin may have misspoken when he said students may be prepared to accept tuition hikes. The Gazette leapt on this with the headline Students may be ready for compromise but Mr. Bureau-Blouin is reaching the end of his term as head of FECQ and will soon step aside for a leader we haven’t seen yet, Éliane Laberge.
I suspect that right now, it’s not the school year or academic results that are on the minds of the authorities. The CBC’s Salimah Shivji reports this morning that the Quebec tourism minister is hastening to assure tourists that student demos won’t interfere with the city’s summer offerings.
What will happen between now and the first day of the Grand Prix, June 8?
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Quand vous lancez des pierres, ça les rassure, ils disent, voyez, faut bien qu’on passe des lois spéciales.
Mais quand vous jouez de la casserole, ils ont peur.
– Pierre Foglia
The Museum of Fine Arts has received a significant collection of classic art on the agreement it builds a new pavilion to house it.
A few nervous folks have cancelled their Grand Prix plans but Bernie Ecclestone says a few demonstrations won’t stop his race from running.
The 33rd night of consecutive demonstrations has wound down peacefully. According to tweets, two people were arrested for attacking police horses, and a motorist is going to be charged with “armed aggression” against a demonstrator, the details of which haven’t yet been made clear. Timeline of the essentially incidentless evening.