Like a rag-tag army of soup kitchen chefs, Canadians from one end of the country to the other took to the streets armed with pots, pans and wooden spoons with which to create a masterpiece.... a "Casserole."
What were they cooking? Why, the hides of corrupt and dictatorial politicians, that's what, as well as their political careers, for it seems the burner was turned onto high as more than sixty Canadian cities clanged out in solidarity with Quebec students against the undemocratic Bill 78.
The facebook group, which was started a mere 72 hours ago, quickly gained support across the country, and even in Denver, New York, London, England, and Little Rock, Ark., people came out to make noise and show their support for the students of Quebec, who have made international headlines with their three-month long protests against tuition hikes.
However, when Quebec Premier Jean Charest passed his Draconian Bill 78 last week, essentially making it illegal to protest in an obvious and heavy-handed attempt to squash the voice of the people, things really started to heat up. "Casserole Night" hails from the revolutions of the 1950s in Chile, when entire neighbourhoods would bang on pots and pans in the night in a show of defiance, quickly became Montreal's new style of protest.
People walking down every street banging pots and pans make it impossible for police to arrest everyone, although the thousands of subsequent arrests that followed showed that they certainly tried.
The people didn't care. They came out in the thousands, on every street, and have continued night after night in the last week.
Now the protests are spreading across Canada and indeed throughout the world, as the idea of "Casserole Nights" captures the imaginations of the people.
The protests are no longer just about the high student rate hikes, the people say, but are becoming about much more, as people speak of multiple issues relating to income equality, debt slavery, and the lack of jobs.
Here is a riveting first hand account of the last few months in Montreal:
Perhaps the new name of "Occupy" will become "Casserole" as more and more people from all walks of life decide to pick up their "percussion crockery" and take it to the streets.
A video shot last week on May 24th, 2012, the first night of "Casserole" may have been one of the reasons this phenomenon has captured the hearts of Canadians and indeed people worldwide, as the romantically evocative black and white video went viral immediately,
This is just the beginning of something in Canada, something big, something that they are calling a "Maple Spring"....stay tuned for more!