Clashes at Montebello, took place on schedule?
Thursday, August 23, 20072 Comments
David Coles was leading a peaceful protest in the "green zone" marked off for protesters. The You Tube video of the incident, Coles can be seen trying to stop three protesters dressed as "black bloc" members with bandannas over their faces from reaching a line of police officers. Mr. Coles attempts to get the the individuals to leave the area claiming that "this is a place for grandmothers and grandfathers" and commands one of the individuals to put down a rock.
The three individuals s force their way to the police line. Once there, they speak to one of the officers and several protesters then identify the individuals as police. A minute later the three force their way through the police line and are then arrested. Another item being considered as evidence that the three were police provocateurs is that the three supposed protesters were wearing the same boots as the police that arrest the three.
The revelations coming forward about the police infiltrations is bringing other questions forward. Several protesters from Guelph have stated that at one point, a group were standing a listening to a speech when the police began firing tear gas and that they were firing so widely that one group of police fired a tear gas canister over protesters and over another line of police into a cemetery. Another You Tube video seems to show a group of youths being pushed back into a cloud of tear gas by a line of police.
Police agencies claim that it is necessary to send undercover officers into groups of protesters to protect police and protesters alike. However, protesters point to police infiltrators as the cause of most conflict at demonstrations. There is also assertions that these undercover officers are sent in to cause a problem so as to justify the deployment of so many police officers at such events.
The question that remains is, if undercover police are being used to instigate trouble so as to justify their overtime, how long can such action be tolerated?