"One of the extremists gave the rock to one of our police officers and he had a choice to make," [Insp. Marcel] Savard said. He was asked by extremists to throw the rock at the police, but never had any intention of using it."Bullshit... If he had no intention of using it or had no intention of inciting violence, what purpose did he have in holding a rock? The only people seen holding rocks were the ones pointed out as police. Did they hold a gun to his head and say "Throw that rock!"?
"The thing that was interesting in this particular incident, three people in question were spotted by protesters because were not engaging in violence," [Stockwell] Day said Friday in Vancouver.
"They were being encouraged to throw rocks and they were not throwing rocks, it was the protesters who were throwing the rocks. That's the irony of this," said Day, adding the actions were substantiated by the video that he has seen of the protests.
"Because they were not engaging in violence, it was noted that they were probably not protesters. I think that's a bit of an indictment against the violent protesters."
No, the "irony" is that you actually think that Canadians will believe this if said repeatedly.
These men were called out because they were advancing towards the line of police carrying rocks and refused to back down when confronted by a man in a business suit carrying a plastic shopping bag (I can see the headlines "Riot Police Terrorized By Empty Loblaws Bag!"). The only people using abusive language or threatening postures were the undercover police. None of the so-called "extremists" threatened them. None of THEM were using threatening gestures. They called them out from at least 10 feet away.
These three continued to act in a threatening manner when told to back off by a protest organizer demanding that a peaceful protest be maintained.
For the police to place undercover police within the crowds to monitor the demonstration and to prevent violence is not the issue. What is the issue is the actions of these three officers while supposedly "monitoring" the crowd. If they were simply monitoring, they would not have been at the front of the line, breaching the line of peaceful demonstrators, far away from the so-called "extremeists" and heading straight at the police with rocks in their hands.
In a crowd that size, had they been "coerced" into hefting rocks, they could simply have fallen back, dropped the rocks and made their way either to another part of the line or back to the police lines with no one being any the wiser.
Instead, they push their way into the line of middle-aged protesters in street-clothes, well away from the people they were supposedly "blending in" with, carrying weapons, acting in a menacing manner, and when called out, unlike anyone else confronted in a similar manner, they continue on, shoving and swearing at a protest organizer and advance on the police line.
The Quebec police don't even have the sense to simply shut up and admit that if these guys weren't told to cause trouble so police could get rough, they acted foolishly and quietly back away from the issue.
Keep on digging, Boys, you might still be able to reach China. Tienanmen Square sound familiar?