Sadly, this is an all-too-familiar tactic of police and government forces. I remember seeing amazing footage of police in Genoa, during the 2001 G8 Summit, dressed as Black Bloc, starting violence and then pulling back while the uniformed police then used the excuse to violently attacked the real protesters. A diligent independent journalist managed to track the provocateurs and took pictures of them later casually milling about with uniformed police — making clear their true affiliation.
Update:The mainstream media and others are picking up on the story:
- CBC: Undercover cops tried to incite violence in Montebello: union leader
- CTV: Union leader alleges cops posed as protesters, Police accused of using provocateurs at summit
- National Post: Agents provocateurs: Did summit police pose as protesters to incite violence at Montebello?
- Toronto Star: