Political policing in Montreal

”The creation of a new police squad meant to monitor anarchist and marginal political groups is raising serious questions about the politicization of the police in Montreal. At least four organizations have objected to the formation of the unit dubbed GAMMA, and two have filed official complaints with human rights and ethics commissions since the public became aware of the unit in May.”

The Montreal police claims that this new initiative is a way to fight against organize crime and to be able to monitor mafia and street gangs.

On the other hand, it is perceived by many , including many students association , as a way to fight against social and political movements and it hinders the right of peaceful to peaceful demonstration as explained below :

”GAMMA’s existence came to light last spring in an article published in the Journal de Montreal following the arrest of several activists in their homes in relation to two separate incidents. In response, two groups, the ASSE and the Coalition against Repression and Police Brutality (CRAP), filed complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission.”

” The complainants allege that GAMMA’s mandate contravenes Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the right to peaceful demonstration, without distinction based on race, religion or political conviction. In response to the complaints, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) issued a statement proclaiming “full and unconditional support” for the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights and freedoms, but maintained police must act to prevent crime and maintain public order” 

“GAMMA’s existence came to light last spring in an article published in the Journal de Montreal following the arrest of several activists in their homes in relation to two separate incidents. In response, two groups, the ASSE and the Coalition against Repression and Police Brutality (CRAP), filed complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission.”

“The complainants allege that GAMMA’s mandate contravenes Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the right to peaceful demonstration, without distinction based on race, religion or political conviction. In response to the complaints, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) issued a statement proclaiming “full and unconditional support” for the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights and freedoms, but maintained police must act to prevent crime and maintain public order. “

 

Taken from : http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4236

 

City in court to close synagogue, but defenders claim religious persecution

The city of Montreal was in court today to shut down a 30 year Hasidic Synagogue in Outremont because it’s operating in a residential zone. This has been causing a lot of tensions between Jews and non-jews in that area. Outremont is a predominantly jewish neighbourhood in Montreal.  The members of that synagogue say that they have been praying there for many years and they don’t understand the decision of the City to shut down the synagogue.

The jewish community are saying that this hinders their right to freedom of religion while the City is claiming that this is simply the application of a bylaw that doesn’t allow a commercial or religious building at that specific address. The city claims it has no intention to hinder the right to freedom of religion.

The hearing was postponed to next spring after the lawyer representing the congregation raised the issue of freedom of religion.

For the full story, click here.

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