Police Using Agent Provacateurs at Protest
The story comes out of the Toronto Star. An excerpt:
"A video, posted on YouTube, shows three young men, their faces masked by bandannas, mingling Monday with protesters in front of a line of police in riot gear. At least one of the masked men is holding a rock in his hand.
The three are confronted by protest organizer Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Coles makes it clear the masked men are not welcome among his group of protesters, whom he describes as mainly grandparents. He urges them to leave and find their own protest location.
Coles also demands that they put down their rocks. Other protesters begin to chime in that the three are really police agents. Several try to snatch the bandanas from their faces.
Rather than leave, the three actually start edging closer to the police line, where they appear to engage in discussions. They eventually push their way past an officer, whereupon other police shove them to the ground and handcuff them.
Late Tuesday, photographs taken by another protester surfaced, showing the trio lying prone on the ground. The photos show the soles of their boots adorned by yellow triangles. A police officer kneeling beside the men has an identical yellow triangle on the sole of his boot."
Major kudos to Dave Coles. The story doesn't do him justice. Here is the YouTube video of the altercation. It's definitely worth watching. Here are the same people being arrested by the police. Note the yellow markings on the soles of the "protesters" shoes, identical to the markings on the soles of the officers' shoes:
This occurred up in Canada during a meeting between the heads of state of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, mostly dealing with the same issues that had Miami cops beating the hell out of us down here in Nov. 2003.
Of course, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that American police use the same tactics, or even used them in Miami four years ago. After all, Miami police chief Timoney is perfectly willing to break the law when it suits him. And using undercover officers as an excuse to invoke a police state for a few days would certainly suit that jack-booted yahoo.
Meanwhile, our president was back in the U.S. As news of Canada's use of police-state tactics hit the wires, Bush was speaking to a Veterans of Foreign Wars audience, comparing Iraq to Vietnam -- FAVORABLY!
I have truly seen it all.