December 21, 2017
English Edition, No. 23
2017 Photo Review
January to April
is publishing a photo review from January
to April, May to August and September to December 2017 of the
struggles and demands of the various collectives of the people of
The year 2017 has been one of resistance, courage and
determination on the part of the working class and the people of
Quebec to defend the rights of all and the right to decide on all
issues that concern them. Opposition to attacks on rights and the
need for a new direction for Quebec were at the heart of these
In the first few months of the year this was reflected
in the workers' struggles for decent and safe working
conditions and against two-tier pension plans. Women and their allies
waged a vigorous battle to put an end to both the violence committed
against them and the impunity accorded to its perpetrators. An
outpouring of social love was expressed by the people
following the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de
Québec in January, affirming the fraternal unity of the people
and the fact that our security lies in the defence of the rights of
Below are photos of the workers and people in action in
January, February, March and April.
On January 12, a militant day of
action was held in defence of maritime jobs and
against neo-liberal free trade with the European Union.
On January 21, on the occasion of
the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States,
actions were organized worldwide in opposition to his presidency, wars
of aggression and attacks on rights.
place across Canada to oppose Trump's
travel and refugee ban and its ensuing assault on rights. Protesters
demanded that immediate action be taken by the Canadian government to
condemn the executive order and end security arrangements with the
U.S., such as the Safe Third Country Agreement.
On January 30 and 31, thousands of people Quebec-wide and
communities across Canada held vigils, marches and gatherings to honour
the victims of the January 29 shootings in Quebec City. They offered
their deepest condolences to the families and to the Muslim community,
expressing the fraternal unity of the people and affirming that the
people will not be divided on a racist basis.
La Pocatière and
Rimouski and Saguenay
Dawson College (Montreal)
From February 3 to 5, people
throughout Quebec, Canada, the U.S., as well as worldwide quickly
and vigorously responded to the Trump administration's travel and
refugee ban. It was an outpouring of mass opposition to such
anti-people, racist and and Islamophobic governance and attacks on the
rights of all.
Samuel et Fils steelworkers in
Laval picket outside their plant on February 12, following a strike
mandate to defeat attacks on their pension plans.
CEZinc refinery workers in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on strike against
attacks on their retirement plans on February 12
February 14 marked the 22nd
commemoration for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Women and their allies demanded an end to this outrageous situation
within the country. No more missing and murdered Indigenous women!
Justice and reparations!
On February 15, hundreds of women
and their allies gathered in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Quebec City to
put an end to the impunity accorded to those who commit sexual violence
against women and girls. They also demanded major funding for
organizations working with victims of abuse and
On March 8, International Women's
Day, the women of Quebec join with their Canadian counterparts as
well as those worldwide in affirming their place on the front lines of
the struggle, not only for the recognition of their rights and dignity,
but also of the rights of all, as well as for peace and justice. They
proudly proclaim No, Not in Our Name! No, to Nation-Wrecking and
Austerity! No to Individual and State Violence! No to War and
On March 16, an all-union day of
action was organized as part of a general strike of some 6,000
paramedics and other pre-hospital workers to demand working conditions
commensurate with the important emergency services they provide to
society, which the government continues to refuse them.
On March 29, 400 striking CEZinc
workers and their allies, accompanied by steelworkers from Samuel et
Fils, on strike since February 4 and Lafarge Cement, along with Horne
Copper Smelter workers from Rouyn-Noranda, demonstrated in the streets
On April 6, postal workers from
Laval-West postal depot held actions against the deterioration of their
working conditions imposed by Canada Post.
Hands Off Syria! April 8 and 9 days of action against U.S. airstrikes
on Syria, supported by the Canadian government. Protestors also
denounced attempts by the U.S. and its allies to prevent any political
resolution to the conflict, under the auspices of the Syrian people
April 28 marked the National Day
of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job. A solemn
gathering was held in front of the Quebec National Assembly, where
workers placed 217 crosses in memory of the 217 workers in Quebec who
died or became fatally ill on the job in Quebec in 2016. They demanded
that the government be held accountable for the lack of health and
safety measures at the workplace.
March in support of the
Dolbeau-Mistassini Forest in defence of forestry, a significant sector
of the local economy, on April 30.
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