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article imageAnd the beat goes on: Montreal protest video goes viral

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By Yukio Strachan     May 25, 2012 in Politics
The phenomenon sweeping the streets of Montreal is now sweeping virtual streets across the globe with a moving video showing protesters of all ages banging pots and pans to protest against pending tuition increases and emergency law Bill 78.
Posted by Jeremie Battaglia on the video sharing site vimeo at about 1pm Friday afternoon, the Huffington Post writes that the beautiful black and white film's spark quickly spread like fire showing up all over Twitter and Facebook.
As of 6pm on Friday, May 25, the powerful 3-minute video has already racked up 20,760 and counting, vimeo stats say.
The pots and pans protest -- dubbed the casseroles by observers -- has acted like an alarm clock for the regular evening march, sounding off at 8 p.m.
They were still loudest in Montreal, where a chorus of metallic clanks rang out in neighborhoods around the city, spilling into the main demonstrations and sounding like aluminum symphonies.
People took up the percussive protest Thursday night.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the "casseroles" idea was launched May 18 on Facebook by François-Olivier Chené, a politics professor at Cégep Saint-Hyacinthe, east of Montreal. He was inspired by the potbanging protests that shook the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile in the mid-1980s (and which actually began under the Marxist government of Salvador Allende he overthrew in 1973).
Among other things, Canada.com adds, that Quebec's Bill 78 requires organizers of protests of more than 50 people to submit their demonstration route to police eight hours ahead of time.
So it's no surprise that Thursday's protest in Montreal was immediately declared illegal by police, who said it violated a municipal bylaw because they hadn't been informed of the route.
They allowed it to continue as long as it remained peaceful. And on it went.
So whether you’re in Châteauguay at 8 p.m. this Friday (“tout au long de St. Jean Baptiste” Blvd., according to a Facebook post), or outside Monk métro or St. Henri métro (ditto), expect to get blasted, the Sun reports.
And what if you think like Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay that the pot-banging is a disruptive idea?
“If you complain about the noise of the ‘casseroles,’” someone advises on Twitter, says the Sun, “tell yourself this: Corruption is silent but much more damaging.”
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