Sunday, May 20, 2012
An excellent piece by Ezra on the breakdown of the rule of law in Quebec. What’s going on in Quebec cannot be called protests. The right word is riots. That’s what you call it when masked vandals smash cars, break windows in banks and shops, night after night. And that’s on top of the smoke bombs thrown in the subway stations earlier this month that paralyzed the city’s transit system. How is this any different from the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver? It is different, of course. It’s worse. Vancouver’s riot was spontaneous. They weren’t backed up with official NGOs and union organizers and bank accounts and spokesmen and press releases. The Montreal riots are a criminal industry. But blame also apportions to the people whose duty it is to stop riots — but who haven’t. The police, who too often stood by idly because they didn’t want the rough work of a confrontation. Even when peaceful students got a court injunction demanding they be allowed to attend class, the cops refused to enforce the injunction and clear protesters blockading school doorways.