Chantier Politique

December 26, 2016

English Edition, No. 24

2017 Photo Review

May to August

Chantier politique is publishing a photo review of May to August 2017, depicting the struggles and demands of the various collectives of the people of Quebec.

During those months, opposition to attacks on rights and the need for a new direction for the economy found its expression on May Day, International Day of Working Class Struggle and Unity. Workers in the construction sector were particularly active in defending the dignity of labour and their right to have their say with respect to their working conditions. Indigenous peoples and their allies pursued their actions to assert their rights and oppose the colonial outlook that permeated the "Canada 150" celebrations, by placing front and centre the affirmation of their sovereignty over their lands. Quebeckers rallied to express their unity with the peoples of Venezuela, Korea, Cuba and Palestine in the face of the threats and aggression by U.S. imperialist forces. Pickets were held in Montreal against the Trudeau government's Bill C-59, which strengthens secret police powers against the people. A government of police powers cannot be a government of laws. Participants supported the struggles of the peoples for their rights in Quebec, Canada and worldwide, declaring unequivocally that our security lies in the recognition and guarantee of the rights of all.

Below are photos of the workers and people in action in May, June, July and August.

May

May Day -  International Day of Working Class Struggle and Unity
By stepping up their organized resistance to their own living and working conditions and those of retirees, as well as to the situation facing the most vulnerable members of society, workers fight to vest sovereignty in the people.  A new direction for the economy and all the affairs of the society is required, one which is determined by the people themselves on the basis of their own interests, not those of the oligarchs who presently control the social wealth.

Montreal







Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean


Mauricie

Ottawa

On May 7, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) held a conference in Montreal on the conception of rights found in the Canadian constitutions of 1840 and 1867. It was held on the anniversary of the 180th anniversary of the 1837-1838 rebellions in upper and lower Canada. The conference put forward a militant call to defeat all attempts to split the people, aimed at securing the status quo. That practice was introduced by the British colonialists and maintained by the Anglo-Canadian state on the basis of the suppression of the nascent Quebec nation, the expropriation of the Indigenous peoples and genocidal policies against them.


May 9 marked the 72nd anniversary of the victory over fascism in Europe by the peoples' anti-fascist forces, led by the communists and the resistance movements in the Soviet Union. Victory marches honouring the sacrifies of the anti-facist fighters are held on that occasion worldwide, including in Montreal.

Montreal picket on May 13, opposing foreign intervention in Venezuela and attacks on that country's diplomatic staff in Canada.

May 13 march in Montreal to commemorate the 69th anniversary of al-Nakba, the forcible expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland by the Zionists in order to annex their land into the state of Israel.

Montreal

Ottawa


May 22 - National Patriots' Day
On Quebec's National Patriots' Day marches, historic exhibits, conferences and performances take place to mark the 1837-1838 uprising and to honour the memory of the Patriots who gave their lives or were forced into exile in the struggle to end British colonial rule by establishing a Republic of Quebec.

Montreal




Gatineau

Construction workers in action in defence of their rights on May 25 and 29
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Even before construction workers began their strike on May 24, the Couillard government said it would pass back-to-work legislation in the first days of the strike. Why then would the organizations representing employers negotiate when they knew that the strike was going to be declared illegal? If the workers' already-restricted legal power to withdraw their labour to win their demands or defeat concessions they deem unacceptable is declared illegal in advance, with the certainty of back-to-work legislation, what pressure can workers exercise at the bargaining table?

Montreal


Quebec City


North Shore

Saguenay

Trois-Rivières and Gatineau

Val-d'Or


Sherbrooke

June

Meeting in Quebec City on June 13 during their bargaining sessions, around 100 representatives of 37 unions of 11,000 Early Childhood Centre (CPE) workers, members of the CNTU, demonstrated in front of the offices of Quebec's Ministry of Family. Amongst other things, they were critical of the slow pace of negotiations, as their collective agreements expired on March 31, 2015.


Monthly Montreal picket on June 17, demanding an end to the U.S. blockade on Cuba, the surrender of the territory of Guantanamo to Cuba and the establishment of relations with the U.S. in respect of its sovereignty


Indigenous youth lit a sacred fire at the gathering place on Parliament Hill on the eve of July 1, Canada Day, in opposition to "Canada 150" activities that cover up Confederation's dispossession of the Indigenous nation. They asserted that Canada is built on stolen indigenous land and that the Canadian state must provide immediate redress for its crimes against Indigenous peoples. They called on all nations to join them on July 1, to affirm their right to be.


July

Indigenous youth continue their action on Parliament Hill to affirm their right to be and to reject the colonial relations with Indigenous peoples embodied in the  "Canada 150" commemorations.


The PMLQ organized pickets in Montreal for the immediate withdrawal of the police state Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters, presented in Parliament by the Trudeau government on June 20. Increased secret police powers and a police state will not guarantee the security of the people. Far from it -- the bill's aim is to force people to submit to the annexationist plans and warmongering designs of the dominant elite, as part of Fortress North America.

Complexe Guy-Favreau, July 5


Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, in Montreal's east end on July 13


Saint-Laurent neighbourhood, July 19

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, July 27


On July 26, the Cuban people celebrated the 63rd anniversary of Moncada Day, the historic attack on the Moncada Barracks and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barracks by the revolutionary Cuban youth in 1953. Celebrations were organized in honour of the Cuban revolution and its contributions to humanity, including a celebration in Montreal, organized by the Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba.

Montreal


August

Illegal housing development is underway in Oka, Quebec, on lands claimed by Kanehsata'kehró: no (the people of Kanehsatà: ke), also known as The Pines. This encroachment on Mohawk lands is precisely where promoters illegally attempted to build a golf course in 1990. Protests took place in August, exactly 27 years after the 1990 Oka Crisis, when the Canadian state used massive military force against the Mohawks who rightfully defended their lands.




Beginning August 12, thousands of people began demonstrating in Canada against the promotion of anti-immigrant and anti-Islam hysteria in the United States and Canada, following the state-organized racist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. Such attacks are aimed at pitting people against one another in order to divert them from dealing with the main problems they and their society face, so that the state can carry on business as usual.

Montreal

On August 15, a meeting was organized in Montreal with Basilio Gutiérrez, member of the Communist Party of Cuba. During the exchange, participants were informed about the accomplishments of the Cuban people and the historic consultations taking place on the island, with regard to new economic measures to defend the sovereignty of the Cuban people within the current context.

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