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[B][U]Background:[/U][/B]

This week's debate is based on the events at the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. Designated sites were set up for protesters to congregate, and organizers complained that they were done in such a way that SPP attendees would be so far away from the protests that they would be completely ignored. Government spokespeople stated that security was a concern, and that many "anti-globalization" protests inevitably turn violent, and they didn't want to endanger either attendees, or townsfolk.

There was also the matter of the "Sûreté du Québec" police agents who infiltrated a peaceful protest, and were accused of trying to either incite the crowd, or provoke an incident with police to give them an excuse to tear gas the crowd. Police maintain the agents were placed in the crowd to keep an eye out for violent protesters so they could be identified and isolated for the safety of the other protesters.

[B]YouTube video from the protest where the agents are exposed[/B]:
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1-WTc1kow[/url]

[B]Sûreté du Québec defends it's use of agents in the crowd[/B]:
[url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070825.YOUTUBE25/TPStory/National[/url]

So, in a nutshell, the debate topic is:

[SIZE=4][B]Should the government do everything it can to contain protests for security reasons, or are there limits to how much they can restrict the protesters right to protest?[/B][/SIZE]

This weeks participants are:

[COLOR=Blue]Blue Team[/COLOR] will be supporting the government's right to ensure safety and security at conferences.
[COLOR=Green]
Green Team[/COLOR] will be supporting the rights of protesters.

[COLOR=Blue][U][B]Blue Team[/B][/U]
steelcobra
GamersRyno[/COLOR]

[COLOR=green][U][B]Green Team[/B][/U]
Theory?
Pelor [/COLOR]

[COLOR=RoyalBlue]Enjoy! -Jabr[/COLOR]

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