Friday, August 24, 2007

Agent Provocateurs 08-20-07 Montebello Summit

CUPE National Photo Gallery
Demonstration Montebello, Monday, August 20, 2007 (afternoon)

Council of Canadians Information & Sample Letter (OnLine)
Protest Agent Provocateurs

New Democratic Party Letter of Dissent (Below)
Hon. Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister,

As Members of Parliament we are writing you with great concern regarding the allegations of the use of agents provocateurs during the peaceful protests against the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit on August 20, 2007 at Montebello, Quebec.

Along with hundreds of other Canadian citizens who participated in the Monday protest, we were both alarmed at the enormous police presence. We are more shocked at the allegations that inside agents, appearing to be working with riot police, attempted to provoke a violent incident during the peaceful demonstration. Video and photograph evidence has led to many unanswered questions.

We are calling on you as Minister to order an immediate inquiry to uncover whether or not agent provocateurs were used at the peaceful protests in Montebello.

If agent provocateurs were present, the public deserves answers to valid questions, including:

• Who are the three individuals alleged to be agent provocateurs?
• Was the Government of Canada informed that such measures would be used as part of the security detail at the summit?
• Were the RCMP or other security forces at the summit, including from the US, privy to the use of such a security tactic?
• Who was responsible for providing direction to the agents? , Were the agents directed to use force and/or violent means to disrupt the peaceful protest?
• Finally, if agent provocateurs were used, what was the expected outcome in deliberately trying to destabilize a democratic protest in Canada?

We believe these are critical questions that cannot go ignored - questions that concern the relationship between state security forces and the potential infringement of democratic rights to peaceful assembly protest and to freedom of expression. As Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union said “in a free and democratic society, people have the right to peacefully protest something they don't like.”

We trust as the Minister for Public Security you will uphold your responsibility to show accountability and maintain public trust.

Libby Davies
Peter Julian MP Vancouver East MP Burnaby-New Westminster

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