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