Montreal Police Flashbang Style

Montreal Police Flashbang Style:

http://youtu.be/pXb7gwuFBfY

Dear GAPPA squad friends, Quebecers and Canadians, Fellow international protesters,
During recent protests, the Montreal police (called SPVM) has used a large number of stun grenades. This crowd dispersal device has become infamous here since the explosion that blew off the eye of a student, Francis Grenier, last spring.
The Rubber Ball Blast Grenade (RBBG) is described as a sub-lethal weapon of dispersion. The RBBG’s manufacturer, Defense Technology, states that: “This product may cause serious injury or death to you or others.”
In March 2012, in response to the controversy surrounding the injury of Francis Grenier, the SPVM proceeded with a public relations operation, stating that the Rubber Ball Blast Grenade is used to limit injuries, with special emphasis on the fact that the base of the grenade is made of rubber.
Not shown, however, was another part of the grenade: the fuse assembly. But during the evening protest of march 5th 2013, one of these was retrieved, and it is obvious how extremely dangerous this can be if it is ejected at high speed near anyone’s head.
Safety rules are clearly not observed, there are multiple injuries, and even field journalists from La Presse, a Montreal corporate daily newspaper, had to denounce this violence… on Twitter. But to this day, no corporate media has clearly denounced the SPVM’s brutality against peaceful Montreal protesters.
This leaves us wondering: if this grenade is so dangerous, why is it being used so often and aggressively by Montreal police against it’s rightful citizens ?
Furthermore, why is this considered acceptable policing in a supposedly democratic country ?
Wouldn’t this kind of police behavior seem outrageous if it happened in a foreign dictatorship?

GAPPA. Watch, Report, Resist.

GAPPA. Watch. Report. Resist.

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Dear GAPPA squad friends, Quebecers and Canadians, Fellow international protesters,

The Maple Spring in Quebec might be over, but the recently elected government has not fulfilled its promise to cancel the tuition hikes. After months of protests and more than a hundred-and-thirty consecutive nightly demonstrations in 2012, the students were back on the streets of Montreal in February and again on March 5th.

During that evening, the Montreal police, called SPVM, has used a large number of stun grenades. This is no surprise: The SPVM seems particularly fond of this crowd dispersal device, which has become infamous since the explosion that blew off the eye of a student, Francis Grenier, last spring. It is still difficult to shed light on this event, which has not been the object of a proper independent inquiry yet.

The SPVM has started using this weapon after the 2008 Montréal Nord riot, itself triggered by the murder of Freddy Villanueva, a young man shot at point blank by a police officer.

Inspired by common practices in Russia and Israel, worldwide democracy leaders and guardians of human rights, the SPVM have felt the need to expand the arsenal it uses against protesters.

The Rubber Ball Blast Grenade or RBBG is described by its manufacturer as a sub-lethal weapon of dispersion. Consider the following explosion.

In fact, you’ll notice two explosions. The first one ejects the fuze assembly from the grenade itself. The main component keeps flying for half a second before the main blast, which produces a 175 decibels massive deflagration, and liberates 26 grams of chemical CS powder. Such an explosion, produced by 8 grams of contained flash powder, can cause injuries like this one.

The sound pressure level is also critical at 175 decibels from a 5 feet distance, falling into the hearing loss category of risk. Knowing that 140 decibels is considered the threshold of pain, and that the sound pressure level doubles for each additional six decibels, you do not want one of these RBBGs exploding near your head.

In March 2012, in response to the controversy surrounding the injury of Francis Grenier, the SPVM proceeded with a public relations operation. Before unpacking their weapons to the mass media, the chief inspector Alain Bourdages stated that the Rubber Ball Blast Grenade is used to limit injuries, with special emphasis on the fact that the base of the grenade is made of rubber. These images do not show, however, another part of the grenade: the fuse assembly. During the evening protest of march 5th 2013, following the explosion of an RBBG, a GAPPA squad member retrieved one of these. It seems the SPVM has willingly tried to hide this objet from the media. We understand why, forget the rubber part: this is hard metal and hard plastic. It is obvious how extremely dangerous this can be if it is ejected at high speed near anyone’s head.

GAPPA has accumulated evidence of close proximity explosions from the March 5 event.

And again. And again. And again.

Even “les patrouilleurs”, a team of field journalists from La Presse, a Montreal corporate daily newspaper, had to denounce this violence. GAPPA has also been informed that some protesters were injured in these explosions.

After the release of our French language video, Alain Bourdages stated, one year, day for day, after his first presentation of the RBBG, that « The police are constantly trained to use this device. Imagine a person in a heavy armor, tired and stressed … Nobody is infallible. And do not forget everything that is thrown at them. » GAPPA learned from reliable sources that safe use of these grenades should never involve an explosion less than 7 or 8 feet above the crowd. These safety rules are clearly not observed. The RBBG’s manufacturer, Defense Technology, states that: “This product may cause serious injury or death to you or others.”

Following a similar event at an Occupy Oakland 2011 demo, attention has been brought upon Oakland’s police crowd control policy. This document states that distraction devices or stun grenades should be launched at a safe distance from the crowd, to avoid unnecessary injuries. Oakland’s shocking event was reported worldwide. To this day, no corporate media has clearly denounced the SPVM’s brutality against peaceful Montreal protesters. This leaves us wondering: if this grenade is so dangerous, why is it being used so often and aggressively by Montreal police against it’s rightful citizens ? Furthermore, why is this considered acceptable policing in a supposedly democratic country ? Wouldn’t this kind of police behavior seem outrageous if it happened in a foreign dictatorship?

GAPPA. Watch, Report, Resist.

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GAPPA (Guarding Against Paralogical & Propagandist Activities) is a monitoring tactic concentrating on mass media, new media & activities of public relation.

Watch.

Lies and distortions are rampant in the media, so observe what your media says with scrutiny.
Monitor & analyze not only what is said, but how it is said.

Report.

Share what you find, spread the word.
You can start your own response or simply send a #GAPPA alert: if you can’t find the words to answer, others will.

Resist.

They used to say « Don’t hate the media, become the media »… that time is past.

Corporate media impunity is no more.

YOU are the media.

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collaboration GAPPA / 99%Média / Moïse Marcoux-Chabot

RBBG

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Montreal Police Flashbang Style on 99%Média:

http://www.99media.org/2013/03/montreal-police-flashbang-style.html

Collaboration GAPPA

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GAPPA regrette l’intrusion mercantile de ces publicités qui apparaissent parfois en fin d’article, et remédiera très bientôt à la situation. Merci de votre répulsion.

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