The Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union will be holding a news conference this afternoon. They say they have proof the three protesters in the video shot at the Montebello Summit are Surete du Quebec.
“We have proof that the three individuals who were “arrested” after being exposed as “agents provocateurs” were, in fact, members of the Quebec police force,” says CEP President Dave Coles, and we plan to do what it takes to bring this matter to justice.”
BigCityLib was the one that noticed the yellow sticker on the bottom of the boots was the Vibram TM sticker. Vibram is an Italian company that makes non slipÂ soles. Millions of them.Â The protesters happen to be wearing the same boot with the same tread pattern as the Surete du Quebec officers.Â
agent provocateur: a widely used tactic which involves the infiltration of targeted organizations with with the expressed purpose of engaging in illegal act which could then be attributed to key organizational members. Agent provocateurs were/are also routinely assigned to disrupt the internal functioning of targeted groups and assist in the spread of disinformation.
Provocation isÂ found in sectionÂ 232 of the Criminal Code of Canada
What is provocation
Â (2) A wrongful act or an insult that is of such a nature as to be sufficient to deprive an ordinary person of the power of self-control is provocation for the purposes of this section if the accused acted on it on the sudden and before there was time for his passion to cool.
Questions of fact
Â (3) For the purposes of this section, the questions
(a) whether a particular wrongful act or insult amounted to provocation, and
(b) whether the accused was deprived of the power of self-control by the provocation that he alleges he received,
are questions of fact, but no one shall be deemed to have given provocation to another by doing anything that he had a legal right to do, or by doing anything that the accused incited him to do in order to provide the accused with an excuse for causing death or bodily harm to any human being.
It’s difficult to know what ‘proof’ the union has other than what bloggers and media have looked at, but we’ll see.Â An important stepÂ is forÂ RCMP and/or Surete du Quebec toÂ tell the public what happened to these three ‘arrested protesters.’ Police took nationalÂ media time before the summit to say they were going to respect people’s rights, andÂ it was peaceful protesters thatÂ spotted theseÂ three. The demonstrators didn’t escalate, if these three ‘disappeared’ were on duty police waving weapons and urging protesters toÂ get violent, then we allÂ have a problem.Â
Update: CTV andÂ other mainstream media nowÂ has their pictures, someone knows who they are.Â
CBC:Â The RCMP has refused to comment, while Quebec’s provincial force has flatly denied that its officers were involved in the incident.
It said it is not releasing any names as no charges were laid.Â
The National Post: We don’t get into strategic details of what we do,” said Const. Jayson Gauthier of the Surete du Quebec.Â
Deny or cite security concerns: CP – Toronto Star
A spokesman for Harper denied any role by the prime minister in the fair, saying “the PMO is not involved in security for events.” Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day’s office referred all questions to the RCMP.
The Mounties and the SQ, the two police forces involved in summit security, continued to refuse specific comment on three alleged undercover officers caught on camera in an apparent bid to incite a confrontation.
But they denied using agents to provoke violence.
“I confirm (to) you that there are no agents provocateurs in the Surete du Quebec. . . It doesn’t exist in the Surete du Quebec,” said Const. Melanie Larouche.
RCMP spokesman Cpl. Luc Bessette said the Mounties do “not use tactics that would encourage confrontation or incite violence.”
Bessette said the RCMP cannot discuss details of security measures for major events such as the summit because “to do so could jeopardize the integrity of our operations for future events.”