La Ronde targeted by human rights complaint
Three English-speaking black women have filed a complaint with Quebec's Human Rights Commission, after they say they were roughed up by security guards at the La Ronde amusement park nearly three years ago.
They're suing Six Flags, La Ronde's parent company, for more than $100,000, alleging they were violently arrested, humiliated, detained for more than two hours, and then ticketed — because of their race and gender.
The incident happened in July of 2014, when the women, along with some of their friends and five young children, went to La Ronde to watch the fireworks. A verbal altercation happened between two of the women in the group at one point, which apparently attracted the attention of park security guards.
One member of the group told CJAD 800 News the situation was defused quickly, and when it was, the group decided to call it a day and start for home. That's when the trouble started with the security personnel.
"My friend, she was violently taken down," one member of the group told CJAD 800 news. "When this was happening, her children were watching and they were screaming 'mommy, mommy, let her go.' They were terrified."
The complaint suggests one of the women was threatened; another was dragged to the point where her shirt slipped off, exposing her bra and breasts. When she requested the guards allow her to readjust her top, the guards allegedly told her, "you're nothing to look at".
They were finally released from the park's holding area at 2:30 a.m., after they were each given $638 tickets by Montreal police for causing a disturbance.
The women, and the anti-racism group Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, say there was a definite racial and gender element to the way they were treated.
"No security guard and no policeman has the right to treat us the way we were treated."
-CJAD 800's Emily Campbell contributed to this report.