Bring Me The Head Of Anarchopanda

During last spring’s student protests in Quebec over proposed hikes to tuition fees, the city of Montreal passed a bylaw (P-6) that made it illegal to wear a mask during a street demonstration. Yesterday, during a protest against the bylaw, and its negative impact on the Charter rights of Freedom of Speech and Assembly, police seized the head of Anarchopanda who was the unofficial mascot of the 2012 demonstrations.

The man in the human-size panda suit is a Quebec philosophy professor who is a self-described pacifist. During demonstrations, he typically acted as a buffer between the police and students to try to defuse the potential for violence. According to this CBC report, in addition to having his mascot head seized, the professor also received two $637 fines after he was caught up in a police kettling operation against demonstrators.


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Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

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  1. Thanks to his costume Anarchopanda, alias Julien Villeneuve, is the most easily identified protester at these rallies. The law is meant to crack down on people who HIDE their identities, not advertise them.

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