As part of the dynamic shift in the protest climate here in Montreal, after incident after incident of heavy-handed measures (kettling, blanket pepper spray, racial slurs) by police, this has been an infuriating-slash-satisfying development to watch.
“Deux poids, deux mesures.” That expression was bandied about a lot by Parent and reporters on Tuesday. The inference was that there was a double-standard for dealing with Monday’s protesters because they were fighting for the same pension cause as SPVM officers.
If we compare the treatment to student protests, for example, the difference could hardly be clearer. There were no riot squad contingents lying in wait, no kettling, no pepper spray, no mass arrests. No arrests, period. The thugs walked in, ransacked, and walked out.