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Prison Noise Demo on New Year's Eve, Laval, Quebec (Kanada)

On New Year’s Eve, we held a noise demo in Laval, Quebec (near Montreal). We visited two federal prisons and an immigration detention centre. Both of the federal prisons were included in the wave of expansions announced by the
government this past fall.

This is the third noise demo held at these prisons in the last six months. One noise demo was held in August on Prisoner Justice Day, and another was held in November in response to the cutting of visiting hours at one of the prisons.

At the first prison, we shot off fireworks, held banners, jumped around, and made noise, and were delighted and bolstered to see people responding by waving bedsheets and shirts, and to hear yelling and banging on windows.

This is the first time we’ve made it close enough to this prison to be seen and heard before the cops and screws have blocked our way.

We stayed outside the prison until a screw bearing some sort of firearm told us we were all under arrest. At that point, we shot off a few more fireworks and slowly made our way down the driveway toward the two other prisons nearby, where we stopped and continued to make noise. Despite being outnumbered two-to-one by police and screws, we left on our own terms after stopping in all the locations we had planned.

This noise demo was organized to express solidarity with prisoners and break the isolation that is both a requirement and a function of prisons and corrections. Our presence outside the walls of these institutions, in conflict with the desires of the screws, policy-makers, and police, opens up avenues of solidarity, through which we seek to develop relationships,
both with prisoners and outsiders, with whom we share an opposition to bars and guards and the world that needs and maintains them.

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This entry was posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 9:43 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.