Trashing Police Cars in Quebec: In Praise of Fog
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Check out the following nice tidbit from the Journal de Montreal, translated by yours truly.
Funny how they fail to mention the most high profile attacks over the past two years, the police cars torched in Montreal’s East End by the allegedly anarchist Ton Pere Collective in March of this year.
You also HAVE to be trying to leave people confused and ignorant to talk about attacks on police without mentioning the anti-police riot after cops killed the teenager Fredy Villanueva and shot two of his friends in Montreal North earlier this year.
Yeah, these are “senseless acts”, no one has any reason to hate the cops, just plain “mischief”…
Also not mentioned is the fact that someone planted a nail bomb just outside of Quebec Provincial Police headquarters in Sherbrooke two weeks ago – according to the cops, it has “points in common” with a bomb that blew up a police car in Sherbrooke almost two years ago. While there too the cops say they are “following leads”, they also specifically have ruled out the bombs being the work of the Hells Angels, the reactionary biker outfit which is firmly based in Sherbrooke.
Hmmm… makes you wonder…
Here’s the article from today’s Journal de Montreal:
Vandals Damage Three Police Cars
Vandals took advantage of the dark and fog Friday night to break the windows of three police cars in Repentigny.
The mischief has shaken the municipal safety in this city in Lanaudiere which already had to deal with similar crimes in the winter of 2007.
“For us, it is an attack against a symbol,” stated Lieutenant François-Steve Sauvé.
Attacks on vehicles belonging to the forces of law and order have been occurring with much greater frequency these past months. Police cars in Sherbrooke and Montreal were recently targeted by troublemakers.
In Repentigny, it was morning when officers noticed their vehicles had been damaged, when the thick fog began to thin and lift.
The suspects hit in the middle of the night. They broke the windows of three different vehicles, probably with a snow shovel found of the roof of one of the damaged cars.
A fourth police car was also attacked, but its windows resisted being hit repeatedly.
Those responsible are still at large.
“We already have some very important leads,” stated Lieutenant Sauvé, refusing to say any more in order to not hamper the investigation.
In January 2007, five young people aged between 16 and 19 were arrested after having set several police cars on fire in Repentigny.
Elsewhere in Quebec
Elsewhere, in Sherbrooke, last July two thirteen year olds were caught after trashing 21 police cars belonging the Quebec Provincial Police.
Last May, Lonny James Erickson, a Montreal scientist who had a grudge against the authorities, set an SPVM police car on fire.
Also remember that many Montreal police cars were vandalized during a violent riot that followed the victory of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team last April.