Prior to sentencing two men convicted of chaining themselves to a pipeline, a Quebec judge compared their mindset behind the protest to the Boston Marathon bombers and the terrorists involved in the Bataclan killings.
“You were convinced that it was correct,” said Marleau in the judgement released Dec. 18. “However the terrorists who placed bombs during the Boston Marathon, or the Bataclan shooters were convinced that they were doing the right thing.
“But that was not the case.”
In 2013, two brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off two bombs that killed three people and injured hundreds of others at the Boston Marathon.
And in 2015, in a coordinated attack, terrorists killed 130 people in six locations across Paris including 89 at a concert at the Bataclan Theatre where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing.
The comparison did not sit well with Frederick Brabant, one of the men convicted.
“I found it really absurd to compare that to violent terrorist attacks that caused deaths and injuries,” he said.
Two years ago Brabant and Anton Bueckert chained themselves to a section of pipeline belonging to Enbridge’s Line 9 – a 40-year-old network of pipelines running crude from Ontario into Quebec.
They were there for 10 hours before removed and arrested by police.
On Monday they were sentenced to three years probation, 240 hours of community service, $750 donation to a charitable organization and a three-year ban from participating in a demonstration against Enbridge.
Bueckert said the sentence could have been worse if they were charged under Canada’s anti-terrorism law introduced by the Harper government in 2015.
“So we were prepared to be charged with terrorism, we were willing to take that risk because of what we believed in,” he said. “And I know it is not going to be fun having probation, officers meetings, whatever but in every sense of the word it was worth and I’ll do it again.”
In a statement, Enbridge said it supports the sentence.