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Monday, July 24, 2006

The OPP follow a poor example

In 1989, the Chinese Communist leadership kept remote army units in the dark concerning the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.  Not exposed to the criticisms being leveled at the leadership, these army units faithfully followed their leaders' orders to fire on the demonstrators, orders that local Beijing units were unwilling to carry out.

In 2006, the Ontatio Provincial Police is alleged to have blocked all access to a website that has been deepy critical of the performance of the OPP, in particular of the top commanders, during the illegal land occupation by Natives in Caledonia.

It's an act that is pointless in terms of keeping information from the rank-and-file of the OPP -- any officer who wants to can access the site from home or from a local library computer.  This isn't Communist China, after all.  But despite the futility, the OPP commanders seem to have taken this action.  Why?  Has grumbling from frustrated officers become so bad that that any action, no matter how trivial and ineffective, is being taken in an attempt to keep a lid on discontent?

[Extended entry at Angry in the Great White North]

Posted by Steve Janke on July 24, 2006 | Permalink


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I would not be surprised if this is true. I recall the issue of gun registry when the majority of the rank and file, including the RCMP, opposed it, but were not allowed to make public their opposition. Their senior people claimed that the police forces were in favour of it. I also know it is the same rubbish when any political correct issue arises.

Posted by: Alain | 2006-07-24 8:50:55 PM

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