is an artist who went to Quebec with a group of seven other
young people to make a video about what it means to become
seen anything more terrifying than a line of police like that,
I've never been more scared in my life. They started to cut
us off from all angles, very militarized, very strategic and
it was terrifying. They came at us with tear gas, rubber
bullets, water cannons, it was terrifying. This is Canada,
this is democracy.
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The thing that
frustrates me the most when people talk about Quebec City,
is that I don't think they realize that the violence was
the police, our government telling those police to act the
way that they did against citizens of Canada who wanted
to express their concerns about something that we had no
information about and something that we weren't allowed
to see or experience unless we were part of a corporation.
What I came away
from that experience thinking is that I can't trust my government
anymore. My government is owned by corporations.
It has been bought and sold.
I so much hope
in people now. I saw people organize a free kitchen that
fed thousands of people every day, I saw street medics that
went around and helped people, picked strangers off the
street and made sure that they were ok. I saw people going
around and making sure that anybody getting arrested was
taken care of and remembered. People stayed at the prison
after the fact to hold a vigil for the people that were
inside. That's what I have faith in, all of us building
these little communities.