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Jan 18, 21

Montreal, QC: Against Police COVID-19 Curfew & Far-Right Conspiracies

No Borders Media reports on over 100 people taking to the streets of so-called Montreal to oppose recent police curfew measures in response to the pandemic.

The protest, which successfully marched through the streets of Hochelaga, emphasized the cruel negative impacts of the curfew and related police harassment on the homeless, sex workers, drug users, undocumented workers and others.

The demo organizers emphasized that the protest was in favor of COVID-19 mitigation measures, but rejected the curfew as authoritarian and detrimental to an effective pandemic response.

The organizers rejected the involvement of anyone associated with far-right, anti-science, conspiracy groups, highlighting instead a social justice, pro-science approach (exemplified by a sign reading: “pro-science, pro-mask, pro-vaccine, anti-curfew”).

There was a large police presence at the demo, including riot police in full gear who were deployed despite the demo being family-friendly & respecting health measures. Protest organizers provided masks and protesters practiced physical distancing.

The protest was a successful and modest first step towards taking up more public space – rooted in social justice and science – to continue to oppose authoritarian measures like the curfew while promoting solidarity-based solutions to mitigating the pandemic.

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