Monday 19 July 2010
Montreal - Night attack on federal government building
19/07/2010 - Police have opened an investigation after a federal government building was vandalized early Monday morning in Montreal's Saint-Henri district.
Several windows were smashed on the building, located at the corner of Saint-Jacques and Rose-de-Lima Streets.
The building houses various federal government offices, including for the Department of National Defence, and the RCMP.
Police said three suspects, wearing dark clothing and with covered faces, were seen fleeing the scene at about 2:10 a.m.
No arrests have been made.
It is too soon to determine what the motive might have been, said Montreal police Const. Yannick Paradis.
"Everything has to be considered in the investigation," Paradis said. "We'll know later on if there was connection or not to link it to the G20, or even what happened in Trois-Rivières a couple weeks ago."
Members of Montreal's activist community have recently held protests to denounce the hundreds of arrests during protests against the recent G20 summit in Toronto. A number of Quebecers were among those arrested.
The incident that Paradis was referring to in Trois-Rivières was the bombing of a Canadian Forces recruitment centre on July 2.
A group calling itself Résistance Internationaliste has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The group has previously claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Hydro-Québec tower in 2004 and the firebombing of a car belonging to an oil-industry executive in 2006. No one was injured in either incident.
The vandalism of the building in Montreal is being investigated by an integrated national security enforcement team, including members of the RCMP, local police forces and federal law enforcements agencies.
Posted by sysiphus at 14:43