Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Le Riots!

I was eating dinner and decided to watch TV. I switched it on and turned to CBC. It was during the middle of a news bulletin.

"... the police for their own safety just stood and watched while the rioters smashed store windows and set cars on fire ..."Man! I thought. This Iraq thing is getting way out of control.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that it was Montreal, Canada!

Yes, apparently there was riots last night in Montreal over the shooting of a visible minority youth by the police. Googling over the news, I found tales of people who tell of police harrassing them because they are congregating, have a nice car or are being "profiled". [The Star]Still, it was a shock to see such rioting and lawlessness on the streets of Canada. Maybe it's a French thing (I am looking at you, Paris riots). After all, it's Quebec.

7 comments:

Swakkhar Shatabda said...

"Maybe it's a French thing (I am looking at you, Paris riots)."


"Paris Riots"----nice ontology

Brainsmoke said...

WHAT?!?! This is news to me! Quebecors...always gotta be different eh? Those pics look crazy!

mezba said...

Yes I was quite surprised when I saw this, although given the history of Montreal may be I shouldn't have been. Looking back into the stories, it seems to have a lot of similarities to the Paris riots. It won't probably be as sustained though, because Canada has a better history of integrating immigrants as compared to France.

'liya said...

I was shocked to read it too, but then a lot of things have been surprising me lately :S

mezba said...

Liya: ya, you look at the news - explosion in Toronto, riot in Montreal! If it weren't for the Olympics and our athletes' lack of medals we would be talking about this case more!

Achelois said...

Thank God it isn't Pakistan this time!

mezba said...

Ha! well, nah. We have the French.