Grrrrrrrrrr ... (all emphasis added)
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.
Did they? Did they really?
"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.
Yes, that's a denial, no doubt about it.
RCMP Cpl. Luc Bessette said the Mounties do "not use tactics that would encourage confrontation or incite violence."
But that is most emphatically not a denial. That statement refers to "tactics," which doesn't answer the question. The question that should be asked and answered is simple, "Did your organization have any connection whatsoever to the three men shown on the widely-viewed video that were taken into custody, and subsequently released without being charged?"
That's the question, and they should be forced to answer it directly. As it stands, given their very careful choice of words, the RCMP have not denied involvement in this incident, and it shouldn't be reported that way.
So the Sûreté have owned up. Isn't that sweet? I, too, was reading too much into what they didn't deny. And all this time we should have just been trying to spot the gigantic lie. Next time we'll be better equipped.
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