Mass protests continued in Montreal last night—as every night since last weekend’s giant march (see my previous stories)—and the so-called “cssserole symphony” made up of thousands banging pots and pans in support grew even louder. It even has a new nickname: “The Saucepan Revolution.” And the deafening noise spread to other small cities and towns in the province last night.
Here’s today’s collection of items:
—the National Post has full report: “The march, one of several on Thursday night, included a few thousand people. It was loud, even deafening at times, with people clanging pots, bowls, woks and frying pans as they marched in the warm night. Onlookers showed their support by banging pots on balconies and outside restaurants. The march was peaceful and festive. At 12:15 a.m. police said one person had been arrested for interfering with the duties of a police officer. It was in stark contrast to Wednesday night’s protest, when 518 people were arrested.”
—From the Winnipeg daily newspaper on wider fallout: “The world is becoming increasingly aware of the social tumult rattling Quebec, which has begun to affect the province’s interactions with outsiders in a variety of ways. Premier Jean Charest had to cancel a meeting with a foreign politician, Vermont’s governor, for the second time this month.
“Foreign newscasts are carrying Montreal scenes of streets ablaze and billy clubs being swung, while prestigious newspapers abroad are carrying analysis of the conflict. Tourists have been hassled, even detained, by riot police. Some are reconsidering whether to travel to Montreal for the city’s upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. Then there are the diplomatic notices, ranging from a mild warning from the U.S. government to American travellers, to a more stinging rebuke from Russia’s foreign ministry.”
—Arrest total soars to 2500 at least, and here’s look at legal situation.
—A look at a Day in the Life of the (New) Montreal. Well, at least the suburbs are quiet.