Chantier Politique

December 21, 2017

English Edition, No. 23

2017 Photo Review

January to April

Chantier politique is publishing a photo review from January to April, May to August and September to December 2017 of the struggles and demands of the various collectives of the people of Quebec.

The year 2017 has been one of resistance, courage and determination on the part of the working class and the people of Quebec to defend the rights of all and the right to decide on all issues that concern them. Opposition to attacks on rights and the need for a new direction for Quebec were at the heart of these actions.

In the first few months of the year this was reflected in the workers' struggles for decent and safe working conditions and against two-tier pension plans. Women and their allies waged a vigorous battle to put an end to both the violence committed against them and the impunity accorded to its perpetrators. An outpouring of social love was expressed by the people following the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in January, affirming the fraternal unity of the people and the fact that our security lies in the defence of the rights of all.

Below are photos of the workers and people in action in January, February, March and April.

January

On January 12, a militant day of action was held in defence of maritime jobs and
against neo-liberal free trade with the European Union.

Montreal

On January 21, on the occasion of the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, actions were organized worldwide in opposition to his presidency, wars of aggression and attacks on rights.

Montreal



Ottawa


On January 30, demonstrations took place across Canada to oppose Trump's travel and refugee ban and its ensuing assault on rights. Protesters demanded that immediate action be taken by the Canadian government to condemn the executive order and end security arrangements with the U.S., such as the Safe Third Country Agreement.

Montreal


Ottawa


  On January 30 and 31, thousands of people Quebec-wide and communities across Canada held vigils, marches and gatherings to honour the victims of the January 29 shootings in Quebec City. They offered their deepest condolences to the families and to the Muslim community, expressing the fraternal unity of the people and affirming that the people will not be divided on a racist basis.

Quebec City

Montreal

Gaspé and Drummondville

La Pocatière and Matane

Rimouski and Saguenay

Sherbrooke and Saint-Jérôme

Dawson College (Montreal) and Thetford Mines

Ottawa

February

From February 3 to 5, people throughout Quebec, Canada, the U.S., as well as  worldwide quickly and vigorously responded to the Trump administration's travel and refugee ban. It was an outpouring of mass opposition to such anti-people, racist and and Islamophobic governance and attacks on the rights of all.

Montreal


Quebec City

Samuel et Fils steelworkers in Laval picket outside their plant on February 12, following a strike mandate to defeat attacks on their pension plans.


  CEZinc refinery workers in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on strike against
attacks on their retirement plans on February 12

February 14 marked the 22nd commemoration for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Women and their allies demanded an end to this outrageous situation within the country. No more missing and murdered Indigenous women! Justice and reparations!

Montreal



On February 15, hundreds of women and their allies gathered in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Quebec City to put an end to the impunity accorded to those who commit sexual violence against women and girls. They also demanded major funding for organizations working with victims of abuse and
sexual violence.

Montreal

Sherbrooke

March

On March 8, International Women's Day, the women of Quebec join with their Canadian counterparts  as well as those worldwide in affirming their place on the front lines of the struggle, not only for the recognition of their rights and dignity, but also of the rights of all, as well as for peace and justice. They proudly proclaim No, Not in Our Name! No, to Nation-Wrecking and Austerity! No to Individual and State Violence! No to War and Aggression!

Montreal







Quebec City

On March 16, an all-union day of action was organized as part of a general strike of some 6,000 paramedics and other pre-hospital workers to demand working conditions commensurate with the important emergency services they provide to society, which the government continues to refuse them.

Montreal

On March 29, 400 striking CEZinc workers and their allies, accompanied by steelworkers from Samuel et Fils, on strike since February 4 and Lafarge Cement, along with Horne Copper Smelter workers from Rouyn-Noranda, demonstrated in the streets of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

April

On April 6, postal workers from Laval-West postal depot held actions against the deterioration of their working conditions imposed by Canada Post.


Hands Off Syria! April 8 and 9 days of action against U.S. airstrikes on Syria, supported by the Canadian government. Protestors also denounced attempts by the U.S. and its allies to prevent any political resolution to the conflict, under the auspices of the Syrian people themselves.

Ottawa



Montreal


April 28 marked the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job. A solemn gathering was held in front of the Quebec National Assembly, where workers placed 217 crosses in memory of the 217 workers in Quebec who died or became fatally ill on the job in Quebec in 2016. They demanded that the government be held accountable for the lack of health and safety measures at the workplace.



March in support of the Dolbeau-Mistassini Forest in defence of forestry, a significant sector of the local economy, on April 30.

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