Hooligans Besmirch Montreal Protests


People have always protested. To publicly express one’s objection to an issue, law, or decision is one of the most important elements of a democracy. Assuming it is done peacefully and in accordance with proper regulations. Even those who would protest said regulations – the securing of a permit being chief among them – must adhere to them prior to and during protesting.

It seems that public displays of protest are the bailiwick of youth. Not to imply older folks don’t take to the streets from time to time – just try to float a trial balloon about pension reductions and you’ll see who’s not too old to get their Ya-Yas out.

These demonstrators have not only protested the curfew, but have flouted it by commencing their gathering at 8:00 p.m.

In the sixties young people in their millions protested the US involvement in the Vietnam war. Of course they had a vested interest as it was their generation being shipped to the fighting.

During the last couple of nights, young people in Montreal chanting ‘freedom for youth‘ have made known their displeasure with government-imposed COVID19 restrictions. In particular the 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew has come under harsh criticism from many sides, not just the young.

These demonstrators have not only protested the curfew, but have flouted it by commencing their gathering at 8:00 p.m.

… on both evenings things turned out poorly, degenerating into waves of vandalism, looting, and destruction, reducing the cause to a mass of thugs and thieves.

But worse, whereas a peaceful (i.e. not violent; make all the noise you want) march would have made the protesters very valid point more than adequately, on both evenings things turned out poorly, degenerating into waves of vandalism, looting, and destruction, reducing the cause to a mass of thugs and thieves.

Those who hold a similar opinion regarding government imposed curfews have had their position sullied by these hooligans.

In addition, how could destroying and robbing businesses that have already suffered great COVID19 losses possibly strengthen your anti-curfew cause?

For anyone who wants to protest the curfew, the way to do so would be to obtain a proper permit, this allows the authorities to provide proper police protection, carry out the protest prior to 8:00 p.m.

If everyone chose to break laws with which they disagreed, we would soon deteriorate into chaos.

Canadian singer/songwriter Garnet Rogers wrote a ballad called Break The Law, the refrain includes the phrase ” Break the law…before the law breaks you”. It’s a great song, but it is just that, a song. If everyone chose to break laws with which they disagreed, we would soon deteriorate into chaos.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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