Montreal, June 10th 2012 — The Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) strongly denounces the cases of police misconduct observed these last few days. Numerous allegations testify of systematic illegal searches on citizens wearing a red square. Dozens of students were also questioned and held in custody on “preventive” grounds. It took only a couple hours through the social media for the CLASSE to collect close to a hundred testimonies from people who claimed they were victims of political profiling by the Montreal police force (SPVM).
Hence, the Coalition requests that the Quebec Human Rights Commission get involved, so as to shed light on those allegations. “It is absolutely necessary that everything be clarified with regard to those troubling testimonies. We cannot stand for the police questioning and detaining citizens on the sole grounds that they exhibit a political symbol. People have the right to know what happened,” said CLASSE spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, also pointing out that for the moment no means were ruled out in the effort to throw light on the matters.
The Coalition further draws attention to the fact that the events of late come stringing along with a larger wave of political- and police-driven repression. “ The Human Rights Commission must scrutinize not only the incidents which occurred last weekend, but also the various police corps’ behaviour throughout the conflict. We’re obviously talking about police brutality and mass arrests during demonstrations, but also about intimidation and the arbitrary, and unlawful, search of citizens sporting the red square. This can’t go on any longer,” added Camille Robert, co-spokesperson for the CLASSE.
Renaud Poirier St-Pierre, press secretary: 514-835-2444
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