I’ve been rehearsing Nobel Prize winning author Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist for a couple months now, and it’s going up for production in a couple weeks. It was written in 1970’s as a response to a particular incident, the titular “accidental death of an anarchist” that occured while an anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, was in police custody being questioned.

This piece of theatre is specific to the time and place (Italy in the anni di piombo); it addresses the nasty police tactics employed in questioning suspects, and also satirically exposes the ways factions attempted to blame a series of violent bombing attacks on anarchists and the far-left, when evidence in fact pointed to “elements in society who stand to gain from these outrages.”

I came across this video on youtube, about an incident in Montebello Quebec, in which police agent provocateurs can clearly be seen to, well you be the judge.

After days of denials police admit that these men were officers disguised as protesters See if you agree that the men in this video appear to be “only at the protest to locate and identify non-peaceful protesters in order to prevent any incidents.” Unfortunately this didn’t occur thirty years ago in Italy. It was last week in Canada.

A succinct posting from MP Garth Turner here.