Nous recevons and transmettons les messages au-dessus en toute solidarité.
We receive and transit the above messages in solidarity.
🚨URGENT🚨 ATTACK AGAINST UNHOUSED NEIGHBOURS
Meet Friday (tmrw/tday) 9am
A fence is in the process of being erected around a large autonomous space (a formerly empty lot) for people who are homeless. Tents and gardens have been set up in the space. The owner of the lot is erecting a fence to preserve the profitability of the area, which they are not using currently and have no future immediate plans for. Cement is being poured tomorrow and construction will be finished asap.
We will have a brief meeting first at 3516 Parc, 9am, to see what actions🥊we can do to oppose the construction (which will likely start at 8am) and move down to where the fence is being put up afterward. NUMBERS NEEDED!!! SHARE!
🚨URGENT🚨 ATTAQUE CONTRE NOS VOISIN.E.S ITINÉRANT.E.S
Vendredi (demain/aujourd'hui) 9h00
Une clôture est en train d'être érigée autour d'un grand espace autonome pour des personnes itinérantes. Des tentes et des jardins ont été installés dans cet espace, mais le propriétaire du terrain érige quand même une clôture pour préserver la rentabilité de l'espace. Par contre, il n'utilise pas actuellement l'espace et n'a aucun projet immédiat pour celui-ci. Le ciment sera coulé demain pour ancrer la nouvelle clôture et la construction sera terminée par le proprio en toute vitesse.
Nous aurons une brève réunion au 3516 Parc dès 9h, pour voir quelles actions nous pouvons faire pour s'opposer à la construction (qui commencera probablement à 8h) et nous allons descendre à l'endroit où la clôture sera mise en place après
Who was Norman Bethune?
For further reading, see: Gary Younge, "Why every single statue should come down" - https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jun/01/gary-younge-why-every-single-statue-should-come-down-rhodes-colston
There is also a podcast interview with Gary on this same subject: https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2021/jun/07/why-every-statue-should-come-down
Who was Norman Bethune?
Despite our shared namesake, we are in no way affiliated with Maison Norman Bethune, a book store affiliated with local Maoists. We do not accept that Bethune belongs to any one political sect. Bethune may have been a friend of Mao, but perhaps if he had lived longer, his views and his affiliations might have changed, just as the world changes.
Bethune was a committed anti-fascist who died too soon, and this makes him a sympathetic figure. We generally approve of Gary Younge's position that "every single statue should come down", but it is hard for us to contemplate protests to knock over statues of Bethune, a doctor who never wielded political power, when there is a municipality on this island named after Adam Dollard des Ormeaux as well as a métro station called "Lionel-Groulx"
Who was Norman Bethune?
He was of Scottish descent and anglophone. He became a doctor and served in Europe in World War I. He was a resident of Montréal for only eight years, but he seems to have become a committed communist of some kind while he was here. Towards the end of his life, he served on the anti-fascist side in Spain in 1936 and '37 and the communist side in China in 1938 and '39. He was probably at least an acquaintance of Mao Zedong at that time, and when he died in late 1939, Mao wrote his eulogy. Today he is one of the most widely honoured Westerners in mainland China, with respect to statues, busts, etc.
Who was Norman Bethune?
The namesake of this project is Bethune Square, which faces the Guy exit of the Guy-Concordia métro station at the heart of Montréal's west downtown - a neighbourhood that goes by many names, each speaking to a different history or aspect of what this place is. Shaughnessy Village, Quartier Concordia, Little Palestine, Chinatown 2.0, and certainly others.
Norman Bethune - a statue in his likeness graces the square - was born in a forgettable part of Ontario in 1890 and died in a generally unknown part of China (Hebei province) in 1939.
this poster was spotted in the Milton-Parc neighbourhood, to the east of our area of concern. Black Hammer is an organization that has gained quite a reputation for itself on the internet. Here is an article covering most of the recent controversy: https://www.opindia.com/2021/05/black-separatist-group-black-hammer-acquires-200-acres-of-colorado-land-to-create-communist-ethnostate/
we have never seen any other Black Hammer stuff in Montréal, but we think there is good reason to be skeptical of this organization. At the very least, we have to ask what a group whose stated medium-term political objective is to establish a base of operations in the mountains of Colorado has to offer anyone, "colonized person" or not, who is living in downtown Montréal?
we will boost any good critiques of Black Hammer that we see. Please send things our way
a sticker bearing the racist slogan "China Lied People Died" recently appeared next to a run-of-the-mill "Boycott China" sticker, partially covering up one of our posters
this slogan was widespread in our neighborhood - in the form of a spray-painted stencil, not a sticker - last year, probably as early as the summer of 2020
we posted an analysis on this topic already, see this thread: https://mastodon.bida.im/@squarebethune/106313982332217340
both stickers in the photo have since been removed from public view
most of the YCL's posters are torn down now. the operators of this account haven't torn down any, despite our disagreement with their approach, because we agree with the central message: Palestine - that is, the Palestinian people subjugated by the Israeli state and the social order it defends - should be free
we prefer this simple sticker. We might not put it up ourselves, but we do not think it does any harm. We also appreciate that it is in English, the common language of this particular corner of downtown Montréal
the operators of @squarebethune are not Young Communists, we are not part of their League. We do not hate them for being young and communist, either, but we disagree with their approach. We believe there are better ways to engage solidarily and strategically with the events in Palestine and/or the local pro-Palestinian movement
for instance, it is much more important to advance the conversation, and the masses' understanding of the issues, than to advertise that your particular group has an analysis that partisans of the popular movement already hold, but which opponents of the popular movement (including many Montréalers) will find difficult to digest
it is important, too, that the posters you put up should not be straightforward tools of recruitment into a membership organization
it is unclear what the word "communist" means anymore. It seems to evoke different things depending on your education, your country of origin, your attitude towards tradition and/or conventional authorities, etc.
most of the youth in the streets in Montréal recently, who have upheld the Palestinian cause in a way that occasionally involves putting their bodies on the line, do not call themselves communists. More of them probably call themselves anarchists than communists (although that is still not likely very many people)
the message of "Libérez la Palestine!" is good, and the facts are fine. But most people already know these things - and those who reject them are that much more likely to reject them in this case because these are now the words of "communists"
our neighbourhood has recently been the near epicentre of the latest wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Montréal. In recent weeks, the streets of our neighbourhood, and other parts of the city, have been decorated with symbols of solidarity with the Palestinian side of the conflict between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea
notable were these posters, from the Young Communist League. We appreciate the #freepalestine message. But we must note that these posters did not communicate anything useful to the reader, not even how to contact these communists, because the contact information was half-obscured on most posters we saw around the neighbourhood
we question how useful it is for these communists to put up posters like this
not very important
they misspelled the word "accompanied" in English but we have also been informed that some of our posters on the street have a few copy errors as well
Montréal Contre-information a republié notre texte en français. Leur site est plus nice que le nôtre! https://mtlcontreinfo.org/pourquoi-on-detruit-les-autocollants-boycott-china/
Montréal Counter-Information republished our text in English as well. As we said in French, their site is nicer than ours: https://mtlcounterinfo.org/why-we-destroy-boycott-china-stickers/
cliquez ici pour la version française de notre affiche: https://mastodon.bida.im/@squarebethune/106388428868977909
why does this critic think our third point is "bullshit"?
do they object to the notion that there is an "urgent need for social revolution here and now", or with the assertion that it is legitimate to denounce the Chinese state? or possibly both?
we encourage correspondence and substantive critiques, even from those who defend the local social order and those who believe that present-day China is a socialist utopia. We can be reached at email@example.com
la version chinoise du texte est retrouvé et disponible ici
the Chinese version of the text was found and available here:
malheureusement la version chinoise de notre texte n'est pas encore disponible. il semble que l'autre service, ce qu'on utilisait pour héberger la traduction (le fruit d'ouvrage d'un ami du projet) l'a supprimé. (c'est https://bin.snopyta.org/)
on espère qu'on peut récuperer une copie.
unfortunately the Chinese version of our text is no longer available. It seems that the other service we used to host the translation (it's https://bin.snopyta.org/) deleted the translation (the fruits of a friend of the project's labor)
we hope we that we can find a copy.
Montréal WEST DOWNTOWN, centre-ville OUEST, 蒙特利尔西部市中心
on peut traduire nos communications vers le français si nécessaire mais on utilise English pour la plupart icitte