Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Revolution will be YouTubed...

Sockwell Day in the Globe&Mail :

"The thing that was interesting in this particular incident, three people in question were spotted by protesters because were not engaging in violence," Mr. Day said.
"They were being encouraged to throw rocks and they were not throwing rocks, it was the protesters who were throwing the rocks. That's the irony of this," Mr. Day said.
Mr. Day added the actions were substantiated by the video that he has seen of the protests.
"Because they were not engaging in violence, it was noted that they were probably not protesters. I think that's a bit of an indictment against the violent protesters," Mr. Day said."


Substantiated? Not so much. But irony? Oh yeah.
The local Global TV news out of Vancouver Island obligingly ran large portions of Paul Manly's YouTube and the Quebec Prov Police surviellance video to accompany Mr Day's statement on the 6-o-clock news last night. Both clearly showed union leader Dave Coles' repeated demands to one QPP undercover cop to drop his rock and not cause trouble while another undercover was shoving Coles around.

QPP Inspector Marcel Savard complained on the same TV newscast that the video didn't show events prior to the shoving and rock-wielding incident.

That's right! I'd forgotten about the lead-up to this. Here's Dave Coles' As It Happens interview back on Wednesday :

"I didn't know they were police right away but I knew they were agitators because earlier they had been trying to get the young kids down on the road to cause trouble."
Memo to Doris : Paul Manly's video and the various clones it has inspired have now registered nearly 200,000 hits on YouTube. Congratulations on hanging it so firmly around the neck of your government.

4 comments:

Gazetteer said...

I've got a post up on the 'where' the 'illegitimate' (ie. the police) may have met the legitimate (ie. the kids) protestors 'down the road' as Mr. Coles said.

(and picking this up form Mr. Coles interview on AIH is great because it second sources what I've got).

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North of 49 said...

If all this is true (and there certainly doesn't seem to be any evidence against it), then kudos to the kids in the Black Bloc, for:

1) Clearly being at Montebello to protest peacefully, not violently,

2) Being savvy enough to spot the agents provocateurs, and

3) Following up and making sure the other protesters (Dave Coles et al), were warned about them so they wouldn't get sucked into the trap.

Good job.

scout said...

hi alison! i haven't had much news the last couple of weeks. stickwell is such an arse! he's also saying mainstream news isn't legitimate because it doesn't have footage leading up to every event.

i wish him good whatever in o'connor's cabinet but i'm starting to wonder if the cons just have liquor cabinets.

Alison said...

Hey Scoutie, welcome home! Got your e - getting to it....

North of : Coles says the kids wanted to ruckus but he talked them out of it - still good for them then.

Ross : And I of course live to second your work ;-), which was brilliant as usual.

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