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desert flower

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165 posts, Apr 2001

posted 04-27-2001 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for desert flower     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

[Rhino] Borg cops thrash medics in Quebec City
Thu, 26 Apr 2001 16:12:36 -0700 (PDT)



i dont know if you all heard about this past weekend in Quebec city,
though im sure most of you have, my sister was there as a medic and
this is her account of the events (from Divvy Ahronheim).
I (David Fainsilber - my brother) will testify, as a participant of the
Quebec City protests that what Sara Ahronheim has written here is
astoundingly true. Please read this through if you want to know how it
really felt to be there--unbiased by the media coverage that I'm sure all of
you have been exposed to...
Testimonial on the Anti-FTAA Demonstrations, April 18-22, 2001
April 24, 2001

I want to write about what I saw this weekend in Quebec City. I
volunteered as a Street Medic for the anti-FTAA protests, from Wednesday
afternoon until Sunday afternoon. In the course of these days I saw so much
that I hope to never see again. I treated hundreds of injured people,
got tear gassed, felt the effects of pepper spray, and mostly felt the
kind of turmoil that a peaceful society ought not to experience.
Throughout the event medics were targeted by the police: wherever my partner
and I would be treating people, tear gas canisters would land right
beside us. Some medics got hit with rubber bullets. On Friday, my friend
Sean was on his knees treating a patient in a tear gas cloud on the front
lines, when a canister fell right under his face and exploded. He
inhaled so much of it right there, then he tried to stumble to his feet only
to narrowly miss a canister aimed at his head. Another canister hit the
wall behind him, bounced and hit him in the back, knocking him flat. A
final canister rolled by his face again and exploded. He was rescued by
another medic team and spent the next two days recuperating in the
medic clinic on Cote D'Abraham.

On the front lines on Friday we began treating people as the gassing
began. We kept having to retreat more and more to avoid the clouds of
gas. At one point a canister exploded right next to me. I can't begin to
explain the agony of being hit head on with tear gas first of all it
suffocates you. I began to walk very quickly, barely restraining the
panic, as I coughed and choked. I thought I would die, that any minute my
asthma would kick in. Everywhere we turned there were more riot cops,
more gas, and no safe space to calm down and decompress. My eyes were
fine, being sealed under swim goggles, but my skin was burning like fire.
Finally we managed to find a corner without gas and I got my breath
back. I can't explain the fear that set in afterwards I was so scared to go
anywhere near the cops. But I was in Quebec to do a service treat
injured people who were in pain. Now that I knew what that pain was like, I
also knew I had to go back into the fray. As we walked back into the
chaos, we came upon a girl who had been hit by a canister of gas, which
exploded all over her body. Medics were treating her by stripping off
her clothing and pouring liquids all over her. The poor girl was crying
and screaming, in so much pain. Around us were clouds and clouds of gas,
and cops advancing on all sides. The cops began shooting canisters high
into the air, into the back of the crowd, where we were. In that area
were only peaceful protesters; we were not up by the perimeter fence,
and we were not involved in Black Bloc activities up by the front lines.
Our space was full of individuals being treated for various injuries,
and just trying to recuperate. Yet we were getting hit with dozens of
canisters! We had to watch the sky, hoping the canisters wouldn't land on
us. We had to continually stand in the center of the action, yelling at
people to walk, walk, walk to avoid a mob scene and tramplings. It's so
hard to stand still or walk slowly when tear gas canisters at a
temperature of hundreds of degrees Celsius are being shot straight at you or
above your head.

I broke down so many times in the fracas, because the emotion just ran
so high. I thought I was either going to die or be incapacitated or
arrested. At one point we were in the middle of a city block when a fire
truck came through and the protesters attacked it. At the time I
couldn't understand why, why would they attack firemen, but later on someone
helped me realize that the truck was going to be used as a water cannon,
so people wanted to trash it. Finally the truck went through, after
having all its water emptied and the equipment taken. Later a row of riot
cops formed at one intersection, and lobbed gas canisters to block off
the end of the block. There was no escape route for my partner and I
and the dozen or so protesters still there. Again I began to choke and
almost panic, but we ducked into a driveway. When I saw the pain the
others were in the adrenaline kicked in, and I began to treat them. I
didn't even think about my state, because I didn't feel it once I saw the
injured people that needed my help. We managed to escape through
backyards onto another block.

This weekend was a war zone. I felt like I was in the middle of civil
war and urban warfare. I treated so many burned hands, from people who
wore thick gloves to throw tear gas canisters back at the cops or away
from the crowd, yet got their hands burned. I saw third degree burns. I
flushed hundreds of eyes with water and sometimes with LAW liquid
antacid mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio. When we were safely away from gas,
I did MOFIBA skin decontamination treatments (mineral oil followed
immediately by alcohol) to take away the pain. I treated so many injuries
from people hit by tear gas canisters and also those hit by rubber or
plastic bullets. I saw back injuries, head injuries, broken fingers, leg
wounds, and so much more.

On Friday night we ended up under siege in our medical clinic as the
cops advanced down Cote D'Abraham, firing rounds and rounds of tear gas.
The air was so contaminated that we had to breathe through our
vinegar-soaked bandannas INSIDE the clinic. We had all the lights out and were
speaking in whispers. It was so scary. I thought we were for sure going
to be arrested. Finally we managed to evacuate down the stairs outside,
and get away.

On Saturday night it was a different story. I wasn't there, I was at
Ilot Fleurie under the highway, in the middle of the big party. But I
heard from many medics who were there, and here's the story: The cops
advanced down Cote D'Abraham, shooting tear gas like crazy and shooting
rubber bullets down alleys and driveways. When they reached the clinic
they marched everyone who was in the alley (the decontamination space) out
at gunpoint. This included many medics and their patients, even
seriously injured ones. The cops forcibly removed all the protective gear from
everyone, including gas masks, vinegar bandannas and any goggles,
saying "No more protection for you guys!". They also took all the medical
supplies and equipment that was in the alley or being carried by the
medics. They then marched them, hands in the air and at gunpoint, out into
the gas. They made them walk one way, then changed their minds and
marched them another direction. My friend Sean said that one guy next to
him was hit in the head with a rubber bullet, and the cops wouldn't allow
him to stop and treat the person. Finally they let the group go,
without any arrests. Needless to say, the clinic was evacuated and set up in
a different location.

Other injuries I heard about from medics were: Derek and his partner
treated a guy who was severely beaten by police. He had a skull fracture,
was in serious shock and had a compound leg fracture that made it
almost severed. They waited in clouds of tear gas, with more and more
canisters being hurled at them, for the ambulance. Another medic treated a
guy whose finger was cut off as he tried to scale the wall. One girl's
shoulder was dislocated. I treated a guy who got hit in the back with a
tear gas canister. One guy got hit in the Adam's Apple with a rubber
bullet and underwent an emergency tracheotomy. My teammate Leigh had a
serious asthma attack in the clouds. There were many victims of beatings
at the hands of police serious injuries from police batons. One guy had
his earring ripped straight out of his ear by a riot cop. There were so
many more, I just can't remember them all. And the funniest thing is,
the mainstream media (i.e. the Montreal Gazette) reported only 300
injuries total hahaha that's laughable, since I must have treated that many
MYSELF!!! And there were probably 50 medics treating that many injuries

In the midst of all this chaos and fear and pain there were bright
moments. On Thursday I was present at the start of the Women's March, which
was colourful, beautiful, peaceful, magical. There were huge puppets
and decorated artwork that the women wove into the Wall of Shame. That
night I walked with the Torchlight Parade all the way from Universite de
Laval to Ilot Fleurie. Along the entire route, for many countless
hours, the group sang songs, chanted, drummed and danced. Slogans such as
"This is what Democracy looks like", "Whose streets? Our streets?",
"Ain't no power like the power of the people and the power of the people
won't stop" and "So So So, Solidarite!" were repeated over and over. There
was a festive atmosphere, with many residents waving from their homes
and calling out their support to the crowd. On Friday things went bad as
soon as the next march from Laval reached the perimeter, but I saw some
beautiful things through the clouds of gas. A group of women joined
hands and danced in a slow circle, singing beautiful songs about peace and
nonviolence. They were angelic, young and old, a space of quiet in the
midst of a thunderstorm of pain. Starhawk led her Pagan group with blue
banners and an aura of calm, straight into the tear gas. I saw them go
by and felt safe for just a moment. I heard later that they went
straight through the gas and the bullets, and sang and danced right by the
row of riot cops.

Apparently some were later treated for injuries. Their courage and
faith was inspirational to many, including me. On Saturday down at Ilot
Fleurie a party was going on all day long. In this space, supposedly the
"Green Zone" (safe, non-confrontational, nowhere near the perimeter) had
a booth set up for Food Not Bombs, a group that fed us all weekend
long. Everyone was welcome to come and eat for free any time of day, and
there were containers to eat out of with a washstation nearby that
everyone was expected to wash their dish out in after eating. There was also
an art space set up where artists would fashion their work to use in
the protests. By late afternoon there was a huge fire going in the
street, with people dancing around it. Many people ripped down street signs
and used them as musical instruments a steady beat went on for hours and
hours, late into the night. There was a group dancing to the beat, and
everyone felt so free and beautiful. It felt like the kind of society I
want to live least until the cops arrived and the fear set in. A
whole phalanx of riot cops stood their ground at the top of the stairs
looking down on Ilot Fleurie, and were an intimidating presence for
hours on end (from approximately 5 pm until they gassed us at 2:30 a.m.).
Six choppers circled overhead as well.
Getting back to good moments: while we medics were holed up inside a
shack that was being used as a "Free Space" in Ilot Fleurie (they let us
use it as a makeshift clinic), a guy was brought in with a serious
asthma attack. He had been having the attack for about a half hour, and his
breathing was extremely laboured. I sat him down and attempted to calm
him down, but it only got worse. I could hear the wheezing and feel his
body shaking with every effort, and I knew the pain he was in because
of my own experiences with asthma. I recognized his panic. He also
didn't have his ventolin inhaler. As I sat there by his side I went over my
options in my head and realized I had none. An ambulance wouldn't come
into such a "hot" area, our clinic had just been busted by the cops,
and I had no ventolin or adrenaline for him. So in a moment of clarity I
realized I should try my only other option an acupressure point I had
learned the week before, that supposedly stops asthma attacks
immediately. I admit that before Saturday night I was very skeptical of these
techniques, but when I was confronted with this guy's obvious need, faith
just kicked in. I knew it would work, I just knew it. Maybe because I
believed it so much, maybe because of something else, it worked. Within
seconds of my pressing that point on his hand, his breathing began to
slow down. Within a minute he was calm, and walked out of the clinic!!!
That moment for me was magic without any Western medical techniques or
medication of any sort, I managed to take away this man's pain.
Unbelievable. I began to cry as soon as he walked out I was so shocked and so

What I saw this weekend, what I went through, what I saw people going
through it made me realize how much stronger I am than I previously
thought. I kept saying to myself if you can get through this moment, you
can get through the next, and the next, and then whatever life drops on
you. And I got through it all. Without serious injury, without arrest.
But I have to say, I didn't get away scott-free. My heart hurts. My mind
hurts. Most of all, my soul is aching with pain and disbelief.

I can't believe how people hurt each other. I am shocked at the
violence I saw in the span of two days, Friday and Saturday. I can't believe
the ferocity of chemical weapons, and that a government would allow its
police force to use such arms against its own people. I am angered that
a) the Black Bloc, formed of a handful of protesters at any one point,
attacks the police and that b) the police react by gassing the
thousands of peaceful protesters!!! I fully appreciate the cops need to defend
themselves against the concrete and plywood wielding Black Bloc-ers,
but each of these cops is heavily armed and protected, and a handful of
them could have easily surrounded the Black Bloc and dealt with them
instead of affecting the peaceful demonstrators. Tear gas was being shot
deliberately at the peaceful demonstrators at the back of the crowd!

I know all this because I was there. I am not spreading misinformation
or propaganda of any sort, because I saw the majority of this with my
own two eyes. The information that I heard from other medics is 100%
reliable because I worked with these people all weekend, and much of this
was talked about in our debriefings at the end of every night. No one
in those debriefings was lying, and none of these stories are without
two or more witnesses.

I am sending all of you my story because I believe that the mainstream
media is very biased. I want you all to know what really went down. I
haven't even told you the half of it in this letter, but I've tried to
give at least a taste of the pain I saw all weekend. I am having a very
hard time processing and dealing with this the feelings I am
experiencing are similar to those I had when I came back from the death camps in
Poland. I cannot function adequately right now, and this letter is part
of my healing process. If you have any questions, please ask me. ASK
ME! I want to spread this message to as many people as possible. I want
the world to know what went on in Quebec, how undemocratic and unfair
and immoral and oppressive the situation was.

Yet I also want people to know that a better world is possible -
through the gas and the pain and the fear I also glimpsed the possibility,
the hope, of that new space. People from all walks of life, backgrounds,
ages, races, and more came together in Quebec to fight against
corporate rule, and to fight for basic human rights, environmentalism and fair
trade. We have a vision of a future where things will be better. I
don't stand with the anarchists who want to break this society in order to
form a new one, and I don't stand with the protesters shouting
"Revolution" in the armed sense. But I do stand with the ordinary individuals,
grandmothers, kids, labourers, environmentalists, humans, who want to
change things.

So I went to Quebec City as myself, and I came back as myself but with
eyes washed clear by tear gas and pepper spray. As the song says, "I
can see clearly now the rain has gone I can see all obstacles in my way".
I can see, but at what price to my psyche? I still don't know. I find
myself asking, would it have been better to have stayed home and watched
it all on TV??? It would have saved me the pain and heartache, but it
would also have left me in my little bubble of idealism. Not to say I am
not still an idealistic, romantic, optimistic woman I am but I am also
just a little bit more realistic.

I hope that you have read this far, and if so I congratulate you on
being an open-minded and intelligent individual. Please send this letter
on to whomever you may choose and send my email address along with it so
I can field any questions.
As we said in Quebec City, Be Safe.

Sara Ahronheim

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posted 04-27-2001 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My God, this sounds like something from a bad movie.
Is Canada going to become a police state.
NWO at it's best.
This looks like the beggining of something very, very wrong, maybe the end of freedom.

What next, internment camps and reprogramming, death camps, experiments on humans. Sounds like we have seen this before.

A bunch of jack booted thugs did the same things about 50 some years ago, is history repeating itself?


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posted 04-29-2001 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for defender     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed very scant coverage of the Quebec 'insurrection' against the WTO, even on C-Span. Fox had their negative spin ("...wonder why the police don't just come in and arrest them all?"). Fox also attempted to spin the protest as a communist event. They also indicated that the earliest arrivals were in smaller numbers than had been anticipated (as if to denigrate the effort as being over-rated). They also said that the larger group of protestors would arrive the next day. And then, on that next day, Fox and other CNN MSNBC had even less coverage than the day before when there were fewer protesters.

The whole thing was largely ignored by mainstream corporate TV media as we knew it would be.

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