By Ryan McGreal
Published August 22, 2007
According to video footage provided by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) Union yesterday, it looks like the police attempted to use agents provocateurs dressed in black clothes with bandanas covering their faces, to encite violence among the protestors at the North American security summit in Montebello, Quebec.
An agent provocateur is a person who infiltrates a group and attempts to disrupt its activities or to tar its reputation by associating acts of violence with the group.
Here's the video posted to YouTube, which shows an exchange between Dave Coles, the CEP president, and the alleged agents, who were attempting to incite violence:
The video runs for five minutes, but the payoff comes when Coles loses his patience and demands the agents take their masses off, repeating, "This is a peaceful demonstration".
Someone pulls down an agent's mask and Coles says, "You're a cop, aren't you!"
The agent steps back into the line of riot police, who absorb him gently and lead him away.
At the end, Coles says, "They were trying to create a riot, so they could suck us all in to get beat up."
Update: the Canadian Press has published an article on this event.
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