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(Quebec City) The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will be on the front line supporting acts of civil disobedience planned for Quebec City on Friday, April 20. CUPE members from across Canada will join with other labour groups in a symbolic march from the Chapiteau du Vieux-Port to link arms with protesters who have gathered to expose the corporate agenda behind the Summit of the Americas.
Our members stand in solidarity with those who oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the attack on our democracy and our public services that this agreement represents, says Judy Darcy, CUPEs National President. Many courageous activists will be engaging in a range of civil disobedience actions. We are proud that CUPE and our sisters and brothers from the labour movement will be joining students, environmentalists, human rights activists and many others, in making our outrage known to those who huddle behind the barricades.
We know from experience that police and security forces can and have, with our governments blessing, reacted to peaceful protest with violent and offensive measures continues Darcy. Prime Minister Chrt0069en, we are putting you on notice. Acts of violence committed in your name will be watched, recorded, and reported.
Members of CUPE have been very active in planning events in support of the Peoples Summit that will culminate in a mass demonstration on Saturday, April 21.
The CUPE delegation will be leaving the Chapiteau du Vieux-Port around 1:00 p.m., travelling toward the wall.