Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canadians Must Demand a Public Inquiry Into G20 Abuse

Canada Day is tomorrow and I'm finding little reason to celebrate. Jason Kenney spoiled it last year with his ridiculous beer bottles, and Stephen Harper this year with planned and sanctioned police brutality.

But the targets of this brutality was not those breaking the law, but peaceful protesters.

There is a group that has been started by Chris White, of CAPP fame. That young man is amazing. They are demanding a full public inquiry

There is also a national day of protest planned for July 17, so if there's one in your area be sure to attend. The more I watch the videos of abuse, the madder I get.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has prepared “A Breach of the Peace,” report on police activities during the G20 summit in Toronto. Amoung other things it requests:

Full independent inquiry into the actions of the police during the G20, in particular:

a.) The dispersal of protesters at the designated demonstration site in Queen’s Park on Saturday June 26.

b.) The detention and mass arrest on the Esplanade on the night of Saturday June 26.

c.) The arrests and police actions outside the Eastern Ave. detention centre on the morning of Sunday, June 27.

d.) The prolonged detention and mass arrest of individuals at Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. on the evening of Sunday, June 27.

e.) The conditions of detention at the Eastern Ave. detention centre.

And the media have also launched a complaint with the police watchdog, but he is a Harper plant, so don't expect much there. We also learned that the police had no special powers as they suggested. Only word from HIM.

The CCLA is also seeking compensation for damages.

We thought that when he prorogued Parliament - twice - it was an abuse of power, but this defies anything ever seen in a democratic country. A very sad time for this country.

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