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Oct 26, 21

From Embers: Land Defense, Logistical Hubs, and Fighting to Save Terrain Vague in Montreal

From Embers presents an interview with people organizing to fight development projects in the Terrain Vague area in Montreal’s east end.

The Terrain Vague, which loosely translates into English as the “wasteland,” is a large de-industrialized and partially wooded area on the outskirts of Hochelega, a neighbourhood in Montreal’s east end, and close to the Port of Montreal.

That space is under threat from several major development projects, and those who care about the Terrain Vague have been getting organized in the past years, connecting the developments to broader colonial-capitalist strategies at play by the Quebec government, making links with neighbourhood groups, and taking direct action to physically defend the space.

I spoke with a francophone anarchist from Montreal about the history and context of the Terrain Vague, the Quebec government vision for the St. Lawrence River, logistical hubs as points of anarchist intervention, questions around settler-led land defence and how it relates to indigenous land defence, and how this project might connect to a renewed push to “Shut Down Canada.”


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From Embers is a regular show about anarchist and anti-authoritarian politics in so-called Canada.

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