Thursday, August 23, 2007

The RCMP responds

As does the Surete du Quebec. Both issued brief denials that their officers posed as protesters in order to instigate violence at the Montebellow Summit, as follows:
The RCMP and Quebec police force have denied allegations their officers posed as protesters to try to provoke peaceful demonstrators at the recent Montebello summit.

"I confirm (to) you that there is no agents provocateurs in the Surete du Quebec... It doesn't exist in the Surete du Quebec," spokesperson Const. Melanie Larouche told The Canadian Press.

RCMP Cpl. Luc Bessette said the Mounties do "not use tactics that would encourage confrontation or incite violence."
Pretty scant stuff. Seems pretty unbelievable given the video and the circumstantial evidence. These statements don't seem to preclude either of these forces having contracted out the function though...