Repressive Montreal: a guided tour of mythic sites of political repression of the metropolis

Saturday, June 18th 2011
3pm: Guided tour, Berri Square (corner Ste-Catherine & Berri, Berri-UQAM metro)

6pm: Barbecue fundraiser for the March 15th 2011 arrestees in the backyard of DIRA, 2035 St-Laurent Blvd.

*In case of rain, postponed to the next day*
Downtown Montreal knows little downtime. At any time of day, under the scorching heat of the sun or torrential rains, and regardless of the season, it is known as a stage for demonstrations and actions, to the great displeasure of the Montreal city police force.
“Destination CO-Sud” (a part of the People’s Commission Network) invites you to Repressive Montreal, a guided tour of symbolic sites of political repression in Montreal. Come to find out about the murky and often little known part of your city: discriminatory mass arrests during demonstrations.
From the 108 arrests during the “Commando Bouffe” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, to the 371 people arrested on March 15, 2002, to the 238 arrests that occurred in relation to the ministerial meeting of the WTO on July 28, 2003, our guides — people who themselves were arrested during demonstrations or actions — will make you re-live strong moments of social and political struggles in Montreal.
The guided tour will be followed, at 6pm, by a BBQ fundraiser for the March 15, 2011 arrestees, in the backyard of DIRA (2035 St-Laurent Blvd).