So the Grauniad has a story entitled “Canada student protests erupt into political crisis with mass arrests More than 500 people were arrested in Montreal on Wednesday night as protestors defied controversial new law Bill 78.”
This bit leapt out at me (emphasis added)-
“I was so so scared,” said Magdalena, one of those arrested, who asked that her last name not be given. She told the Guardian that she had been taking part in the protests since February, and that Wednesday night’s action had actually seemed particularly peaceful.
“This was one of the most jovial I’ve taken part in,” she said. “We were commenting how in good spirits we were, how everyone seemed in such great energy. There were families, children, women with strollers, which you don’t necessarily see at the night protests as much,” she said.
And reminded me muchly of stuff I studied 20 years ago (!) about the Mexico City protests in 1968. The police and army only started killing people in significant numbers when the protests moved beyond students and were joined by trades unionists and “normal people.” Elites get very very nervous when that happens.
What will happen next in Canada? I haven’t a clue. If only there were a wise Canadian reader of this blog who was willing to guest-post…