May 25, 2012
Reaching its 100th day of protests, Canada’s own “Maple Spring” has reached a fever pitch this week, as student protesters have now consolidated their efforts with the country’s labor unions and environmental groups.
The Maple Spring protests were originally staged in opposition to the government’s steep hike in university tuition fees, and have since exploded into a full-blown political crisis with mass demonstrations and violent clashes with police taking place throughout Montreal and Quebec City.
The Canadian government’s response to the protests has been to pass the draconian Bill 78, a piece of emergency legislation that effectively ends freedom of assembly and freedom of expression – if the government deems it necessary – which it has.
As a result of Bill 78, some 500 people were arrested in Montreal on Wednesday night and 176 people in Quebec City were detained under the new law.
To date, some 2,500 protesters have been arrested, and many others sustaining serious, and even life-threatening physical injuries at the hands of the Canadian police.
One of the most brutal measures included within the Bill 78 totalitarian legislation is the government’s new-found ability to levy heavy fines on any student associations and student unions if they are found to be involved in any protests against the government. This shrewd move by Canada’s heavy-handed legal system has already threatened to bankrupt a number of student organizations already.
After last year’s much-hyped Arab Spring that wasn’t, the media is continuing to identify pockets of protests around the globe with last year’s social media-driven and George Soros-driven events in the Middle East. On top of this, sterilized movements like Occupy are naturally attached to other protests sharing common language and themes, in a process which is globalizing local independent movements into the larger foundation-steered artificial phenomenon – not necessarily a positive thing if any local movement hopes to gain traction and results in their respective arenas.
In an interview with RT today, Canadian activist Andrew Gavin Marshall, attempted to consolidate the Maple Spring with last year’s Arab Spring, European unrest and the Occupy Movement, stating that this current unrest in Canada is part of a wider movement fighting against “global austerity measures imposed by an elite who simply want more for themselves and less for everyone else “, as well as “educational austerity measure” claiming students are getting less education for more money.
For the last few months, students have also been boycotting classes, arguing that government tuition increases would lead to higher dropout rates and more debt. This reflects the similar plight of US students, who have been conditioned to accept much higher graduation debts than Canadians. But student protesters in Canada and Occupy campers in the US both have yet to vocalize the real problem they all face which is the fact that for the most part, there are no jobs for graduates because of their own governments’ collective failure to secure domestic economic interests, with globalists opting instead to off-shore most industries over the previous three decades.
Protesters in Canada have a strong case against their own government and ruling elite for abuses on constitutional grounds, but as the movement becomes increasingly co-opted by socialist unions and environmental activists, the core constitutional protest and revolt against an overt police state becomes slowly watered down into an innocuous austerity protest.
The real danger here is that this Canadian protest becomes absorbed into and sterilized by the Occupy Movement’s and their boiled-down class warfare mantra embodied in the “99% vs. the 1%”. From the global elite’s standpoint,it would be harmful if Canada’s Maple Spring became an intelligent movement, focusing on the country’s central banking establishment and the government’s cynical use of social entitlements to entrap its citizens into complying with a loss of inherent constitutional rights and freedoms – a real and disturbing trend which threatens sovereign citizens in western-style ‘democratic’ countries like the United States, Europe, and Australia in particular.
Unrest in Greece and in other European countries has effectively been steered into an ideological cul-de-sac in this very way – instead of focusing their anger and social energy against the European and Greek central banking establishment, protesters have instead opted for hanging their hat on “austerity” – a protest which, in the end, must beg to the state for relief, rather than supplant the very banking establishment which is the engine of poverty and threatens national sovereignty in their country.
Marshall also alluded to a giant corruption problem which is apparently systemic in Canada, citing the ‘mafia construction industrial complex’ as one of many financial parasites which is perennially draining Canadian treasury coffers. This is certainly a brave stance for a student activist to take on, and certainly one which other movements around the world have so far been too timid to take on.
Onlookers should notice that the President Obama or Hillary Clinton have not uttered a word about the state violence in Canada, but have not stopped shilling for regime change in countries much further afield.
Of all the movements that have grabbed headlines this year and last, two stand-out as genuine in terms of not being heavily manipulated and steered by Wall Street-based controlling interests (Occupy) or the US State Department (Arab Spring). The Spanish Spring was on the whole more organic, much larger and much long-lasting than many of the other protests hailed by the mainstream media, but the media failed to cover it to any real extent. This obvious lack of corporate media attention should be seen as a clear indication that Spain’s demonstrations were not on the elite’s slate of heavily planned, co-opted and steered protests.
In the Middle East, the current long-running protests in Bahrain are also likely to be authentic, not least because neither Hillary Clinton, nor any of the usual State Department-backed human rights NGOs have made any noise about the Bahrain Police’s violent and brutal crackdown against what looks to be a genuine social upheaval. The presence of the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain more or less guarantees that the the US and its NATO cartel allies will remain close-lipped about Bahrain’s Royal Family and their chronic habit of relentlessly torturing their citizen protesters and human rights activists when critical of the ruling government and Saudi-imported security forces.
Canadian protests have the potential to be effective in terms of highlighting a police state that is coming into full view as a result of the initial student uprising, but organizers need to be aware that their gallant efforts will be directly challenged by the globalist elite’s preferred weapons of choice in this social arena – cointel pro, agent provocateurs, co-option by foundation-steered movements, and last but not least… the protesters inevitable dependence on the state. As a socialist state, Canadians may be able to do very little as dependents, and may likely end up being bull-ringed into a no-win situation against the state.
The other outcome not mentioned above is perhaps the most undesirable of them all – that Canada’s brutal police state will physically crush the Maple Spring out of existence. Based on the unfortunate events this week, this looks like the odds-on favorite.