While many of the healthier and mobile vets were carrying out their raid on the Mugless Mental Hospital the less mobile vets confined to hospitals staged loud and angry protests demanding better care and more funding from the Canadian government. The hardest hit by protests was The Queen Fairy Hospital for Veterans. Windows were smashed, toilet intentionally clogged and flushed numerous times creating floods, fires set and banners hung from windows. Television crews were on the scene prior to the police so there was no way this story could be supressed. The strongest and more vocal patients were heavily sedated and forcibly dragged back to their rooms. While the Queen Fairy “riots” were in progress over 700 patients escaped from the Mugless Mental Hospital in an armada of buses to Squid’s home in the bowels of Mount Royal. Upon arrival there was coffee, brandy and souvlakis donated by a prominent restaurateur Kostas Clambakis and supporter of the United Mutations. All three of his children were blind. Cots had been set up for the night. The protestors bivouacking with Squid were adamant about protesting outside Revenue Canada headquarters in downtown Montreal.
The next day Montreal awoke to near mass panic learning that 700 “loonies” had escaped from the Mugless. Would anyone be safe? There was speculation there was a connection between the Mugless raid and the Queen Fairy protests as both hospitals had banners hanging from windows reading “MUTANT POWER NOW”.
The attackers had planned these raids perfectly and in fact the only patients left behind at the Mugless Mental Hospital were murderers, pedophiles, violent offenders and rapists. The local police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had no leads as to the whereabouts of the 700 Mugless escapees. The Canadian Army brought anti-terrorism squads to determine where the Mugless patients had gone. Their theory was this was a Palestinian plot or a Cuban attempt to destabilize Canada. They had not a shred of evidence to support these theories. Citizens were ordered to “quarantine” at home and lock all doors and windows. Ringleader vets at the Queen Fairy were interrogated to no avail. One frustrated detective slugged a former General in the Canadian army that had been decorated for bravery after charging and wiping out a Chinese machine gun nest in the Korean War after the General called him a “Pig”. A wild melee ensued injuring two policemen.
The Queen Fairy Hospital for Veterans was surrounded by tanks and heavily armed soldiers. These veterans who had served their country with courage and valour were furious and even the sedatives were ineffective to deal with such rage. They chanted from their windows demanding better care and increased government funding. Since these veterans had already proven their loyalty by having their lungs burnt out by poison gas or limbs amputated all connection to foreign plots was discounted. And the population of Montreal was very conscious of being manipulated by the provincial and federal governments. You might even say support by the “normals” for the mutants was starting to grow. Oh the power to be gained by government mismanagement.