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Terrorism NIMBYs

OfficialPlanner

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Anti-condo group behind mysterious packages
Mon, January 5, 2004

MONTREAL (CP) - Hundreds of people were evacuated from east-end homes, businesses and community centres on Monday after six suspicious packages were found near condominium construction sites.

Police established wide security perimeters before blowing up the boxes, which contained clocks and wires to resemble bombs. "Preliminary information we have right now is all those six suspicious packages did not have any explosive matters in them," Const. Michel Kriaa told a news conference.

The packages were found in or near condo construction sites. Two were discovered by police on patrol.

A group identifying itself as the Comite antigentrification sent an e-mail to several media outlets claiming responsibility.

"This is aimed at denouncing the construction of such buildings (condos) in the third-poorest neighbourhood in Canada," the statement said. "This is shameful. We need low-cost housing. We've had enough of being turfed out of our neighbourhoods by the well-to-do, their luxury condos and their hip little cafes.

"You want to wage war with the poor. Well, the poor won't take that lying down and will respond."

Police said they were unaware of this group but would investigate to identify members.

Workers on the construction sites said several people had complained to them in the days leading up to Monday's incident.

Mainstream housing activists said they shared many of the same concerns about building condos in poor areas of the city and rising rental prices, but objected to the means used by the renegade group.

"We share these preoccupations but we're not sure that the kind of means that have been used are the good ones," said Francois Sallant, co-ordinator of a group called FRAPRU.

"For us, the better way to intervene is to try to mobilize the low-income people."
 

Cardinal

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Maybe the low-income people might get some training for a better job, learn better financial management, or otherwise improve themselves to increase their income, Hmm?

There is a thing called a market. There is a demand for condominiums and it is apparently restoring some vitality - new investment, new construction, job creation, etc. - to a depressed neighborhood. That is not a bad thing.
 

BKM

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Sounds like the Mission Anti-Yuppie League (or many Matt Gonzales supporters) in San Francisco during the 1990s :)
 

OfficialPlanner

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In other cities it's a major problem to attract a mixed-use of income in all areas. Here developers actually want to build condominiums in the less desireable neighbourhoods (which will improve them) but have to deal with these Bin-Laden wannabes. :(
 

OfficialPlanner

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These guys don't give up.

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Suspicious packages found in Montreal for 2nd time


CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL - Police were investigating suspicious packages found near condominium construction sites today in east-end Montreal, the second such incident targeting condo sites.
Six packages were found near other construction sites earlier this week, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and the intervention of police tactical teams.

A group opposed to luxury condo developments in a poor neighbourhood claimed responsibility in that case Monday. Police said that group is still being investigated to determine its membership and goals.

None of the packages Monday contained explosives.

One of the two packages today was a green plastic garbage bag that was found in a private mail box with a note in French warning not to touch it and call 911, police said.

But the man who discovered it ignored the warning and opened it up. There was nothing dangerous in the package, said Const. Robert Mansueto, a police spokesman.

"That package was seized by our officers and it will be analysed to try and find any kind of trace evidence in it that can lead us to a perpetrator," Mansueto said.

Police say the second package was found across the street in a field near two condo construction sites.

Mansueto said about 20 residences were briefly evacuated and the packages were both neutralized. Neither package contained explosives, he said.

Construction worker Sylvain Mousseau found one of the packages and said he lost a day's work because of it.

"It was on the balcony," he said. "I didn't take any chances. I didn't touch it. We called 911."

Police said no one had claimed responsibility for the packages today.
 
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