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Anarchists Bring Babies & Dissent to Montreal Book Fair

Von: Dan Clore (clore@columbia-center.org) [Profil]
Datum: 30.05.2010 07:07
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Anarchists bring babies and dissent to Montreal book fair
By Max Harrold
The Gazette May 29, 2010

MONTREAL - Anarchists have cute babies, too.

And you might be surprised to find out they can be quite polite and
well-organized, given that some vitriolic (and masked) anarchist
protesters smash windows to score points while TV cameras roll.

The 11th annual Montreal anarchist book fair, held at a community centre
in Little Burgundy, was a hotbed of political discussion Saturday, as
tattooed parents with nose rings and their toddlers in tow bought books
and attended “cop watch” workshops.

“It’s a place for anarchists from different places to share,” said
Philippe Viens, 28, of Sherbrooke. Anarchists, he explained, are best
defined as people who champion economic democracy starting at the
grassroots level. “And we believe in a type of extreme liberalism where
people are able to express themselves any way they want.”

Jeff, 24, brought his two-year-old daughter Raven to the fair. “Of
course I’m going to come here,” said the man, who would not give his
last name. “I’m not going to go to Chapters to find radical books.”

Adrienne Pan sat under a sign reading ‘Space Invaders Against Racism’
and manned a kiosk displaying various zines, or self-published
magazines, for sale in the modest price range of $2 to $9.

Pan and others at the fair harshly criticized the $930 million in public
funds that the federal government plans to spend on security at the
Group of eight industrialized nations leaders’ summit June 25 and 26 in
Huntsville, Ont. and a meeting for 20 leaders June 26 and 27 in Toronto.

The huge security effort includes 10,000 police officers, private guards
and soldiers. In part, their jobs will be to keep protesters – many of
them self-styled anarchists – at bay. Pan, 28, said the expense is a waste.

“It’s oppressive, really,” said Pan. “That’s not going to help anyone.
It’s totally an excuse to cut into social programs that do help people.”

Ron Sakolsky, a bookseller from British Columbia, said anarchism
promotes individual self-determination and mutual aid. That is not what
the G8 and G20 meetings accomplish, he said. “I don’t even think these
meetings should exist,” Sakolsky, 65, said.

His kiosk mate Andrea Langlois added: “Why is a broken window at a Gap
store or an RBC bank outlet or The Bay worth more than the lives of
people dying in Iraq or Afghanistan?”

Jaggi Singh, 29, a book fair organizer who will be protesting against
the summits, dismissed the meetings as places “where rich men and women
defend their interests against other rich men and women.”

News about the massive security at the summit, far greater in terms of
cost than previous summits, is “psychological warfare” meant to deter
protesters. It won’t work, he said.

“We do have a permit to protest,” added Singh. “It’s called the Charter
of Rights.”

The 2010 Montreal Anarchist Book Fair continues Sunday, from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m. at the C.E.D.A. community centre, 2515 Delisle St.
Admission is free. Details:


Dan Clore

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Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
in charge on this island?
Professor: Why, no one.
Skipper: No one?
Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
-- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"

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