By Ryan McGreal
Published August 23, 2007
CBC has the scoop:
Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que.
However, the police force denied allegations its undercover officers were there on Monday to provoke the crowd and instigate violence.
Nonsense. The video footage is quite unambiguous about what the agents were up to: they were trying to incite violence so the police could crack down on the protesters with justification.
The Surete de Quebec press release noted, "It is not in the police force's policies, nor in its strategies, to act in that manner."
That certainly ought to be the case, of course; that the police clearly did so anyway suggests they were taking sides in the political conflict rather than simply upholding the law.
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