Update re. resistance to by-law P-6

In May 2013, the EGSS Council passed a motion denouncing municipal by-law P6 and police repression in Montreal, standing in solidarity with both the Coalition Contre P-6 and the CLAC statement, “Solidarity against police repression in Montreal: We will not submit to the municipal by-law P6”.

By-law P-6 was amended during the 2012 student strike, making it illegal to participate in a demonstration with one’s face covered, making it mandatory to submit an itinerary for a demonstration to the police in advance, and increasing the fine for disobeying the by-law from $100 to $500 (with fees each ticket totals $637).

The motion passed by the EGSS Council in May, including whereas clauses and links to further information can be read in its entirety here: http://egss.mcgill.ca/motions/2013_05/Motion%20denouncing%20P-6.pdf

On November 22nd, 2013 Jaggi Singh submitted a constitutional challenge regarding by-law P-6 to the municipal court.  The appendixes attached to the challenge list all groups and associations standing in solidarity against police repression and by-law P-6, including the Council of the Education Graduate Student’s Society (McGill University).  The full document can be read in its entirety here: http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/wp-content/uploads/RequeteP6JBS.pdf

Julien Villeneuve (AKA Anarchopanda) has also launched a class action lawsuit regarding arrests made under P-6 which you can read about here: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Anarchist+Panda+helps+launch+class+action+against+city+bylaw/9045132/story.html

The Superior Court is also examining the constitutionality of the by-law based on a challenge filed by Villeneuve in June 2012, amended in September 2013.

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