AW: Montreal Police RAID Rebel News Airbnb,10-hour standoff ensues
I’ve never seen anything like it. Fifty police tried to raid the Airbnb houseboat hotel where Rebel News reporters were staying this weekend in Montreal. It was so shocking that bystanders actually asked us if we were recording a Hollywood movie. Because otherwise it just made no sense.
You bet. And when we refused to let them rifle through our reporters’ rooms without a search warrant, they declared us a crime scene, and wouldn’t let us enter or leave the houseboat. For the next 10 hours police tried to find a judge who would give them permission to raid our rooms and search our belongings.
Thankfully, no judge would allow it. But the police used every minute of those ten hours to brutalize us, including physically assaulting our team — including young women.
See for yourself. Warning: I get very, very angry here.
The most outrageous moment was when police arrested our great reporter David Menzies, and took him to a filthy jail cell. The police commander told us that he’d let David go right away if we just let him search our rooms without a warrant.
Se videoen her: Sorry, isn’t that like demanding a ransom?
The most disappointing thing about the whole day wasn’t watching Montreal’s corrupt cops violate the law. The most disappointing thing was watching the Media Party — from CTV to Global to La Presse — cheer on the police brutality. They hate us more than they love freedom.