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    As a (it kills me to say this) ex-Montrealer, i've been very interested in the ongoing protests. And i sympathise with the demonstrators.

    But i can also plainly see that this has been co-opted by people who do not put the best interests of students first. And i strongly suspect that those people have been co-opted to some degree by even murkier agents who are quite content to keep the government in turmoil.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Wed May 23, 2012 at 12:09:03 AM PDT

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    •  Self-inflicted wound (12+ / 0-)

      As I explained below, many factors explain the mobilization, which goes above and beyond the student movement. As I watched the coverage on RDI and LCN (the two all-news stations in Montreal), I was struck by the cross-section of Quebec society in the streets today. Mainly young for sure, but they were joined by unions, artists, social movements and retired people. Some brought their kids in strollers to demonstrate!

      The general discontent with the Charest government and the gross mismanagement of the crisis has given many lives to this social movement over the last three months. The "murkier agents" were there for sure, but with this number of people, they were a minority to the common folks.

      •  I don't doubt their intentions (0+ / 0-)

        Not one bit. And if i was there right now i'd be in the streets.

        That's not a contradiction. I'm able to see this from different perspectives, as you seem to as well.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Wed May 23, 2012 at 12:52:57 AM PDT

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