That deafening noise that Formula 1 fans in Montreal and viewers around the world hear this weekend might not be just the supercharged cars screaming past the grandstands in quest of the checkered flag. It will likely also be the banging of pots and pans by the tens of thousands of protestors filling the streets around the Grand Prix of Canada in order to publicize their fight with the Quebec government.
On Tuesday evening, just before midnight, I was assaulted by a police officer. No warning, no explanation, just a swift swing of a nightstick to the back of my leg. The officer chasing after me threw me into a parked van. I am not a student, I don't wear a red square, and I am not on strike. This is Montreal under Bill 78.