Since I first visited the “Occupy Montreal Protest” certain things struck me odd about it and I said so:
- The organizers seemed to be more worried about doing what the Mayor said was okay then getting their message out.
- They kept informing the Mayor and the authorities of their every move and intention.
- They seemed to me like folks wanting to be part of the big protest, but had very defined and limited ways that they were willing to prove their commitment to their cause.
- They absolutely wanted to have no conflict with any agent of the government, were not willing to get a ticket for anything, inconvenience anyone, or spend one second in jail.
From the first I thought that the people of this “protest”, thought that they were better than some, who they considered to be below them, not like them. Those they figured were not like them and had no place in their protest. Thos people who might bring the police down on them for no other reason then that they were on the protest grounds. These people who the Mayor and the police blame for just about everything wrong in the city and who the Mayor rightfully sees as a testament to his failure as being the leader of this city and its most fragile of citizens. The very people that proved Occupy Montreal’s point and could be the final destination of us all, if the governments of the world, big business and the 1% of the richest people in the world continued the way they were treating the 99% of us. In truth the 99% of those protesters with their statement that undesirables like the street people and homeless were moving into the protest and creating problems for them made them the same as the 1%. It made me wonder what the protest in Montreal was all about and I guess am writing this post because I did not like the conclusions that I came to.
The other “Occupy Protests” were more than just government sanctioned sit ins. the people of all the other protests understood that the homeless and all of the other people shunned and looked down on by the 1% of the world’s population could be them in the near future if things did not change and were them in the eyes of the 1% right now. It made me think that Montreal’s protesters were really trying to say, ” We the 98% want to be included with the 1% and make 99% and do not want to be included with the 1% of the population that can not afford to take care of themselves at all, or who have been made most fragile by the way things are being handled by the current 1% of the richest entities in the world”. It would seem that the Montreal protesters only wanted their share and could careless about those less fortunate than themselves. How can you fight for equality when you think that you are better than fellow citizens already living the results of the 1%’s opression, greed and just don’t care attitude?
I think that these protesters should go back to the suburbs get a good meal and a good night sleep. When they wake up in the morning they should get back to class and their jobs and get back to the task of trying to become one of the 1% people. Cutting class and missing work for this type of thing will not see them succeed in becoming one of the 1%. From the very beginning they wanted to be different from the rest of the more aggressive protests happening all over the world, that became their mission instead of change. The mentally challenged people wondering about getting themselves into trouble, homeless people and people begging to get something to eat, are direct results of what governments of the world see as their priorities and what they feel are not important, but obviously this point was missed in the Montreal protest. As I said earlier if all that the protesters in Montreal were interested in was them getting their piece of the pie and becoming one of the 1% they need to get back to class, or work and work harder than ever before, because protesting will not get them what they want.
I mean, recall the statement by, Eric Bouthillette reported in the National Post News 3 weeks ago:
MONTREAL — As a leaderless and barrier-free movement, Occupy Montreal is open to the city’s homeless, some of whom suffer from mental troubles. This has challenged volunteers at the encampment, who must often contend with aggressive or anti-social behaviour from passing itinerants. “Sometimes they can get out of control,” said Eric Bouthillette, an occupier who volunteers as a “mediator,” who intervenes when things get ugly. First, he tries diplomacy. If that doesn’t work, he calls the cops. For the whole story follow the link below.
I am not saying that these people needed to be ready to clash with police, but when we take on certain things we must be willing to sacrifice something and outside from camping out in tents, missing school and work I am not quite sure what Montreal’s protesters were willing to sacrifice to see change, or what they wanted to see changed. It would seem that they got caught up in the moment and in the spirit of things and got into something that they were hoping would end just as much as the Mayor. Unlike other “Occupy Protests” around the world, this one took its orders from the very people it was protesting about. The other protests around the world will be getting shut down too, but they are not quitting and blaming the less fortunate then themselves for their imminent demise. The other protests around the world are fighting with all that they have to stay alive and if that means civil disobedience than they are willing to go there too.
“No more space, no kitchen, no noise, no permanent structures other than tents and now get out”, says the Mayor. ” Okay Mr. Mayor, we were thinking of packing up and going home anyway. We are being made to look bad by the homeless and the mentally challenged and we do not want any problems with the law. Thanks for letting us occupy the park for as long as you did. We would have stayed longer, but with winter coming on and with the no heat and the no permanent structure rules we are afraid we can not remain much longer. Thanks for making it easier for us to leave”, says the “Occupy Montreal Protest”.
There is no such thing as a government sanctioned protest against itself and I fear that this is what the protesters in Montreal wanted and were convinced that they were taking a part in. I think that being all that the government would allow became the focus of the protest and what made it moot. All of the protest energy went into not making waves. They were more afraid of the police causing them harm then doing anything to protest rather than sit around philosophising and hoping for their eviction notices, which they now have received and that was too bad. The mayor used them and manipulated them at every turn. He allowed their fear of confrontation to make them powerless, helpless and ineffective. In the end their total dedication to remain in good standing with the city made their protest irrelevant. I think that going out to get a bigger slice of the pie for oneself and oneself only was not what the rest of the world was and is fighting for and it is a shame that this is what Montreal’s protest was about. The homeless and the mentally challenged and the reasons for why they are out in the streets and not getting help from governments throughout the world were part of your protest, or should have been; too bad you missed it “Occupy Montreal”.
Go home Montreal protesters you can not survive a winter in the park without conviction for what you are fighting for. There are others out protesting hoping for a better life for all and not just to become part of the 1%. It is you who are taking away precious resources that could be used in a cause and by people with a little more heart and determination. People willing to sacrifice a little more of themselves for others than you seem to be capable of. People not just looking to have a bigger slice of the pie for their own personal enhancement and a love in / sit in, in the park.
- Occupy Montreal protesters fight to keep a peaceful camp (news.nationalpost.com)
- Archemdis Goes To The Take Over Canada Protest (Occupying Montreal) (archemdis.wordpress.com)
- Fold tent city, Occupy Vancouver organizer says (canada.com)
- Occupy Toronto protesters defy eviction order (cbc.ca)
- Occupy DC Arrests: Protesters Occupying Vacant Franklin School Building (huffingtonpost.com)
- Fredericton vows to negotiate with Occupy group (cbc.ca)
- Judge Upholds Occupy Toronto Evictions (abcnews.go.com)