On April 29, 1992, a riot broke out at the Montreal Detention Centre, commonly known as Bordeaux prison.
Thirty years ago, on the evening of April 29, 1992, a mutiny broke out at the Montreal Detention Center located on Gouin Boulevard. This revolt of the prisoners once again brought to light the miserable conditions of detention in this dilapidated, overcrowded establishment. Back to the archives on the biggest riot in the Bordeaux prison.
Au TéléjournalApril 29, 1992, host Bernard Derome recounts the current events at the Montreal Detention Center on Gouin Boulevard.
Host Bernard Derome talks about the ongoing riot at the Bordeaux prison in northern Montreal. First images of the riot.
Barricaded inside, hundreds of inmates from Wings B, C, and D control part of the prison. Heaters are torn out, pipes are severed and a fire rages in the courtyard.
The prisoners had been complaining for some time about the overcrowding of the establishment. According to one prisoner, some are crammed three or even four to a cell, others are forced to be locked up in cellars where cockroaches swarm.
“They treat us like animals, so now they have animals in chains. I have less than a month to go. I don't do this for me, I do this for the next ones after me.
—An inmate who participates in the mutiny
Dispatched to the scene, more than 200 police officers from the SQ and the city of Montreal surrounded the penitentiary to prevent escapes. Firefighters and paramedics are also present. Fifteen people were injured due to the uncomfortable smoke and rubber bullets fired by the police at the rioters.
The riot lasted 12 hours. The mutineers did not return to their cells until 10 a.m. the next morning.
On April 30, 1992 in Édition magazine, journalist Alexandre Dumas reported on this night of mutiny when 700 detainees ransacked the Bordeaux prison to denounce their conditions of detention.
Journalist Alexandre Dumas recounts the mutiny evening when 700 prisoners ransacked the Bordeaux prison to denounce their conditions of detention. The newsletter is hosted by Suzanne Laberge.
The balance sheet is heavy. Fifty fires were ignited throughout the B, C, and D wings.
Property damage was estimated at nearly one and a half million dollars and 170 cells were henceforth uninhabitable.
The minister responsible for public security in Quebec at the time, Claude Ryan, recognized that adjustments had to be made to alleviate the problem of prison overcrowding.< /p>
“An outburst like that was to be expected, some say, due to the unhealthy climate within the walls. There is overcrowding, the premises are dilapidated and unsanitary. »
— François Paulin
Report by journalist François Paulin on a riot in Bordeaux prison and on the dilapidated state of this detention center in northern Montreal. The newsletter is hosted by Michaëlle Jean.
Ten years later on Téléjournal, journalist François Paulin presents a report following another riot, that of January 24, 2003, where detainees had this time ransacked wing A of the establishment.
François Paulin looks back on the many excesses in the history of the Bordeaux prison.
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