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They are on the Montréal metro, in summer festivals crowds and on the street–-anywhere havoc can be wreaked or terror instilled in the general population. That teen or twentysomething may look innocent enough, but what about that square of felt cloth pinned on the young person’s t-shirt?
What colour is the cloth?
Green is a wonderful patriotic colour, signifying health, growth, personal sacrifice and individual responsibility. A young man or woman wearing the green patch does not have unrealistic demands for public post-secondary education, daycare and healthcare. He or she recognizes the need for austerity. Such an individual happily provides authorities with the itinerary of his or her own movements and those of the individuals with whom he or she associates whenever the law requires it. A green-square-wearer willingly denounces the civil disobedience of his or her fellows. Such a person is our ally in the fight to keep our streets and festivals safe and our economy free from disruption. Unfortunately, very few young people in Québec wear the green square–-a sign of our decaying moral fibre and the growing red menace.
Be wary. Wearers of the white square claim to be neutral on the need for austerity (they don’t fully understand that to be prosperous we must allow the 1% to freely trickle down wealth on the less fortunate instead of forcing the well-to-do to pay for services they don’t use--our prosperity-through-austerity plan). White-square-wearers claim to be against all forms of violence, yet they do not support bill 78, the law that gives police the powers they need to deal with the red menace. Opposition to bill 78 is beginning to give a pink tinge to the white square. They claim to call for a “truce” in the conflict, but that is code for surrender.
Be afraid, be very afraid. If you see anybody, but especially a young person, wearing a red square in a public place, alert the authorities. Be sure to note whether the individual is carrying a bag that may conceal devices or weaponry of any sort. Do not approach such persons or accept any “literature” from them since they are known to distribute dangerous propaganda or misinformation about how Québec tuition could be financed by a tax on banks amounting to a fraction of 1%.
Be just as afraid as you would be of a person with a red square. The black square symbolizes ardent opposition to our best tool in the fight against the red menace–-bill 78. The “movement” against bill 78 has unified all the dangerous anti-austerity forces, whether they support public education, environmental protections, social housing, healthcare, daycare or other unaffordable social services.
David Bernans is a Québec-based writer and translator. Follow him on twitter @dbernans.
Author’s note: The above text is political satire inspired by the arbitrary searches and detention of red-square-wearing youth carried out by police in the Montréal metro system and in the vicinity of Formula 1 festivities. A shocking account of those practices was provided by undercover Le Devoir journalists wearing red squares (see http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/352102/recit-d-un-petit-voyage-en-metro-avec-un-carre-rouge).