Video showing demonstrators stomping on Canadian flag makes rounds

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 12/3/2012 5:33:00 PM

A YouTube video of a group of separatist demonstrators stomping on a Canadian flag in Montreal this past weekend is making the rounds on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The 90-second video, posted sometime on Saturday, shows a group of demonstrators, many waving Quebec and red-white-and-green Patriote flags, and carrying signs with the slogan "Québec, un pays", laying down a Canadian flag in the middle of a street in from of City Hall. The demonstrators cheered loudly when a car drove over it, and then several of the demonstrators proceeded to gleefully stomp on it, egged on by chants of "trample it!"

The demonstration itself wasn't a large one -- barely a few dozen were on hand for it -- but in two days, the video has received more than 11,000 views, and has generated plenty of reaction, much of it confrontational in nature, and much of it peppered with foul language.

The video is being circulated by the people who run a website called putbacktheflag.com, which aims to fight the PQ's efforts to have the flag removed from the National Assembly. Its Facebook group, 'Put Canadian Flag Back In Quebec Assembly', has close to 10,000 Likes.

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  1. Jerry posted on 12/03/2012 06:01 PM
    When you live in a democracy, you have to expect its citizens to voice their opinion - no matter how much it offends you. It's their right to do such a disgusting act. That flag that they are stomping on with such stupidity, clearly gives them that right. The men and women who died in our world wars, made sure that these morons have that right. I wonder if they know that. Then again, they probably don't know too much.
    1. VHunter posted on 12/03/2012 07:29 PM
      @Jerry I do agree that thanks to our Grandparents and etc, they do have the right to express themselves as they choose (although in this case, clearly an ignorant and ugly way of expression to be sure). I also agree with you that they either don't know, or haven't considered how many CANADIANs gave them their right to so freely express themselves.

      Irregardless.... this insanity needs to stop. The PQ political movement succeeds only in establishing and encouraging legalized Racism. It's UGLY. History has proven time and again that Racism is wrong. One only has to review history (without having to go too far back) to find similar Racist movements. When are folks going to open their eyes and see the truth? When is the Human Rights Commission going to step in and say "enough is enough"? When will the rest of Canada raise their voices and say "HEY, WE'VE HAD ENOUGH!".

      Sadly, the very characteristic that Canadians are known for - Being easy going - might very well be the downfall of Quebec. Welcome the Canadian version of Mexico. Oh wait, we don't even have the lovely weather and beaches. Geez, we'll be even worse off.
  2. peter posted on 12/03/2012 06:59 PM
    notice they hide their face whenever their breaking the law.it's a shame to have the rest of canada see and hear of what were made of.
  3. Hugh W Nugent posted on 12/03/2012 07:48 PM
    Reacting to this video is exactly what this group wants. They know all too well that the Anglophone media and Anglophone community will get their "KNICKERS" in a severe twist.

    The best reaction is quite simple - NO REACTION. Without any attention groups such as this will stop.

    By the way, I am an Anglophone, Federalist, Quebecer.
  4. Jon posted on 12/03/2012 08:10 PM
    We have the same issues with our flag down here. Our First Amendment protects the right, as I like to put it, to be a complete moron in public over something like this.
  5. JohnH- posted on 12/04/2012 12:30 AM
    Let me at this time thank Jerry/VHunter/Peter/Hugh W Nugent and Jon for your contributions. I am in complete accord with all of your concerns. Now, here are my impressions of this anaemic attempt to bemoan a misinformed oppression. Yes we all agree these unschooled hormonely challenged indoctrinated buffoons have the right to be wrong. That's "DEMOCRACY"! We have the right to be wrong. However, when you deface a national symbol such as a country's flag, ( especially your own) then you or your group should be held accountable as to the justification for your actions. Here is how you discredit infantile behavior. Use their rumor mill Email, facebook, twitter and such. Remember back in school you were going out with this guy or that girl and by lunch you had broken up only to be reunited by the end of school. That's what this all about. The best way to get rid of a bully is to laugh at the wimp.
  6. rosato1954 posted on 12/04/2012 12:49 AM
    If Federal Governments we firm and fair these people clearly demonstrating anti Canadian sentiments should lose their Canadian citizenship and be forever deported from our Great Country.
  7. bo didley posted on 12/04/2012 02:38 AM
    This is what living in Backwardsland is all about.Eh DERE!
  8. Kenneth posted on 12/04/2012 04:26 AM
    Maybe they should give up their Canadian passports (providing they do have paasports) and stop using Canadian currency!
  9. Joseph posted on 12/04/2012 07:59 AM
    No respect. What a bunch of no goods, these people have no place in society.
  10. gnicolson posted on 12/04/2012 08:41 AM
    sad ..really sad.....at this moment they trample a symbol of a nation,proud and free.

    understandably they have the right to expression,but in the same instance,respect is certainly not in the mix.

    next it will be the star of David,or Israeli flag,or possibly the American flag,

    some people just cant see the forest for the trees and again the Anglo community sits passively quiet,just as we have been trained to do.

    sad..........
  11. John Quilliam posted on 12/04/2012 10:05 AM
    What a bunch of french separatists sickos.
    They want their country but how will they pay for it as most do not have a pot to urinate in.
  12. Mary posted on 12/04/2012 12:19 PM
    What I find the funny about this video is the fact that these protesters are all hiding their faces. So basically, they have an opinion, but they are too cowardly to stand behind their opinions. It is sad, and I am starting to feel like we should allow them to seperate and have their own country. Let them stand on their own for a few years, see how that works out for them. I predict a complete turn around in attitudes when Canada stops bailing out Quebec financially. I am a proud Montrealer. I am blessed with a franglais heritage, both my parents ate 100% bilingual with roots in Quebec dating back 200+ years. This is a very sad time for Montreal and for Quebec. But like everyone else, I am starting to get fed up with all this, moving to Ontario is starting to look like a really great idea!!
    1. gnicolson posted on 12/04/2012 01:17 PM
      @Mary agree with you 100% Mary...
  13. J.S. posted on 12/04/2012 01:45 PM
    These brain washed losers , I 'd like to see them get in trouble in a foreign country and see which gover ment they would go running to. But then again these idiots have never been beyond the Quebec border ( CAN"T speak ENGLISH)!
    1. Matt posted on 12/06/2012 10:52 PM
      @J.S. totally agree with your statement
  14. Separatethis posted on 12/04/2012 02:27 PM
    Patience fellow anglo's...
    The current provincial government is doing all they can to accommodate the Anglophone community. They're re-paving the highway to the 417 so we can all GTFO.
  15. Grace posted on 12/05/2012 04:42 PM
    They have the right to express themselves for sure, but de-facing or disrespecting a country's flag is actually punishable by law, yet I see no punishment being doled out to these people. Quebec is still a part of CANADA, regardless of how much they detest the English language or want to protect their 'culture'. You don't see Anglos and Allos stomping on Quebec flags or setting them on fire (this was done at a rally for a bilingual Quebec last month when a bunch of separatives showed up). I know it's not all Francophones that are to blame; honestly I blame our government which is allowing this behavior. It's not really racism, since 'English' isn't a race, but it's definitely prejudice.
  16. gnicolson posted on 12/06/2012 11:01 AM
    i guarantee you ...and believe me i strongly believe this ..with the new bill on language in our laps and restrictions being put on the populous,primarily anglos.

    its called divide and conquer...reduce the rights of Anglo"s and make sure no towns or communities have bi lingual status ,we now have a new canvas to hold a referendum...it may not happen soon,but it will happen ..exactly what drives the pq on a day to day basis. nothing else matters..nothing...

    they are determined in this objective and will go to any length to achieve it.

    you see most if not all political parties are not concerned with the people...but with the party they stand for....after all..pensions are at stake.plum jobs,and by lord we dont want to lose all that .amen
  17. katie posted on 12/06/2012 01:12 PM
    Good to see that obese guy getting some exercise-perhaps he should buy himself a flag, so he can continue to jump up and down at home. When, inevitably, he requires a cardiologist or an oncologist, I wonder if he will insist that they are 'pur laine'.
  18. noah streicher posted on 12/06/2012 01:40 PM
    abolutely disgusting.......makes the world think we're living in.........

    Egypt, Afgahnistan, Syria, or unfortunately, any other god forsaken country
    where the inmates are running the asylum.

    And to think..... this is the time for


    PEACE ON EARTH, AND.........we all know the rest
  19. chuck posted on 12/07/2012 05:53 PM
    what a bunch of disgusting idiots yet in our democracy there is a lot of room for dissent. The media should not pay much attention to them becuase they are a very small minority who likely would not like an independent quebec either. cowards are cowards regardless of political bent.
  20. Rudolph S posted on 12/08/2012 09:31 AM
    If this is the kind of A...hole the future Republic de Banane Quebec will be made of.... bonjour la visite.....Why did they have to blank out his face, let the people see who he or she is. People died for this Flag , this little kreep should understand, that wihout their ultimate sacrifice, he could not live in a free Country where even his kind of stupid people are tolerated. Why was there no one there with the civil courage to stuff this flag up this idiot's throath
  21. Paul posted on 12/10/2012 08:36 AM
    In every society, a certain percentage of the people are classless ignorant morons. I remember a similar Quebec flag stomping incident in Ontario during the last referendum. We dont have a monopoly on idiots but we do seem to have more of them here.
  22. Mike D posted on 12/10/2012 10:47 AM
    Who cares what this bunch of losers do. Bet their parents are even bigger losers than these folks.
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