You're mixing and matching pretty freely here. Quebec was a violent indepencence movement from the previous century - complete with about 80 deaths, the kidnapping of a cabinet minister & British Diplomat, and the use of the Army to restore order, though this is all extremely small-scale compared to either the IRA or ETA - that eventually turned into a parliamentary independence movement, towards the end of the previous century. The last Quebecois independence vote was twenty two years ago, and no, I do not believe there are any records of police violence during the 1995 vote. Actually, since it's impossible to actually Google it right now due to any combination of the relevant words getting you Quebecois reactions to this, going off the top of my head, the closest we've got is a Quebecois Separatist trying to stab the Prime Minister back in '95. Can't find any record of the police beating scots during or after their referendum either, though there are multiple accounts of violence from Unionist or Pro-Independence people against each other, both as individuals and as rioting mobs. Seriously, Quebec does not fit neatly into any of these categories and I find its repeated inclusion super weird. The Quebecois Separatist movement completely lost its wind shortly after I was born, with the exception of one Montreal Parti Quebecois shooting five years ago. Meanwhile, the Basque Conflict only ended in the early 2010s. These categories do not work especially well. Comparing this to the sort of political violence from the previous century is, frankly, ridiculous. That kind of violent separatist movement and more particularly the violence with which they were repressed is not the norm in the developed world. That's entirely why people remember either of them. The moment an issue escalates from, say, the level of the Quebecios in the '60s - which is still a big enough deal to Canadians that it got as much time in my 10th grade history class as WWII - you're suddenly the subject of serious scrutiny on the international stage. When a thousand or more people are dead you're both looking at and are an insane outlier. Saying that this is no big deal compared to the ETA & IRA is sort of missing that, if you reach a point where you actually need to reassure yourself with the statement "Well, at least it's not as bad as The Troubles" and live North of Africa, East of California, and West of Ukraine, you've probably done something really wrong. The chain of bad decisions that gets you to that point in the modern era are rarely the sort that a nation gets the chance to repeat. Here in Toronto, a coalition of various Nazi groups and communist groups meet to scream at eachother, held apart by a Police Barricade, every Saturday afternoon downtown by City Hall.This has been going on for at least a few months. I haven't seen any police brutality in the news yet. The town where I went to University is poor as dirt, 97% white, and a somewhat dangerous place to live, but this weekend, when it looked like there were going to be violent riots in the street on the same day as the University's homecoming, the town revoked the relevant Neo-Nazi group's protest license and nothing happened. I never thought I'd say it but that's a first-world problem. 700 incidents of police brutality serious enough to be reported as injuries in less than 24 hours, along with ten injured police officers, is not. Instead, it looks pretty representative of how you stop having first world problems and start having third world problems. Even American violence is rarely at this scale, frankly. The St Louis Riots recently involved fourteen injuries and 187 arrests. American violence is just more likely to involve at least one dead body.