This is bizarre:
[quote]Earlier this evening, The Star reported on what might somehow rank as one of the strangest videos on YouTube. Recorded on Monday afternoon at the protests in Montebello, the video shows the tail end of a confrontation between Dave Coles (president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada) and three masked men who seem hell-bent on rilling up him, his fellow protestors (“old guys, grandmothers, grandfathers”), and the line of riot-ready police.
For a minute or so, it’s just Coles being a good samaritan, trying to stop a potentially violent confrontation and demanding that one of the men who picks up a rock put it down. It’s already extremely tense by the time that someone starts pointing at the masked protestors and chanting “policier!” Coles demands that the men take off their masks, and the majority of the crowd join himâ€“â€“some even reach for the bandannas themselvesâ€“â€“and accuse the masked men of being cops, police provocateurs hired to start a riot. When Coles actually looks at one of the men dead-on and says, “you’re a police officer,” the masked men all freeze, seemingly dumb-struck. And then they kind of start being aggressive again, until a little over two minutes in, when there’s the weirdest police takedown you’ll probably ever see.[/quote]
Weird stuff indeed. If you view the video, check out the masked guys’ reaction when the union president says “you guys are cops” – they freeze, and move to the police line. Weird thing for masked anarchists to do, right? They were just getting ready to throw bricks at the cops, and now they almost demand to be arrested.
The protesters are convinced that the police planted the 3 maked guys to start a riot, so there would be an excuse to remove the unwanted (but nonviolent) protest.
What do you think?
Judging by how the RCMP has behaved with other unwanted protests, it wouldn’t be surprising. I can’t figure out if the officers are RCMP or SQ, though.
Here’s the video: