g20 arrestees need our support

Those of us who are safe at home should not forget others who are trapped and hurting. From the Movement Defence Committee:

Appeal for broad political support for the G20 arrestees
June 27, 2010, 3:00pm

The MDC’s Summit Legal Support Project is appealing to the movements it supports to mobilize a show of political strength and solidarity for the nearly 500 people arrested in the last four days. The Toronto Police and the ISU appear to have lost control of their ‘prisoner processing center’, denying arrestees meaningful and timely access to counsel while beating and arresting those peacefully protesting their detention outside.

Despite assurances to the contrary, only a handful of people have been released, including those held for many hours without charge. Arrestees are given incorrect information about the bail process they will be subjected to, and friends and family members gather hours early at the courthouse, located far from the city center and inaccessible via transit. Our lawyers call in and are told that there is no one available to make decisions or wait for hours at the detention centre, only to be denied access to their clients. Almost 500 people are in custody and we know from experience that the vast majority of those charges will disappear and yet the cell doors remain shut.

We need to step it up and build a political response. We need many more voices – especially prominent ones – to say that the abuse and incompetence at 629 Eastern Avenue must stop. We must demand that all levels of government take control of the police forces under their command. We need to ensure that courts and crown attorneys act to enforce constitutional rights rather than collude in their violation.

Free the Toronto 500!

The Movement Defence Committee


Scott M. said...

The final count was over 800 people.


Bill Blair was on CBC's "The Current" this morning trying to justify rounding up innocent people by saying that, by having their protests, they were allowing the ne'er-do-wells to go without detection, and as such were complicit in the harbouring of the criminals.

My jaw dropped listening to it. If you want to hear it yourself, check out the Current on CBC Radio 1 at about 8:40pm local time across the time zones here:

or catch it on-demand as the first segment of Part 1 when it's posted later today here: http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/

L-girl said...

Thank you, Scott! I will update this post.

deang said...

Naomi Klein said on Democracy Now today that she worries that, in order to justify the $1 billion price tag of this "security" operation, the police may make up terrorism charges or do other things to make it appear that the activists were a real threat.

L-girl said...

She's right, of course. That's a very real possibility.

So far leaders of all federal parties have been silent on the police abuse. There's been some outrage about the vandalism, of course, but nothing about the violence.