G20 Defendant Arrested for Public Speaking

Posted: September 19, 2010 in Toronto G20 Defense
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ALEX HUNDERT BEHIND BARS FOR AT LEAST A FEW WEEKS; CROWN SEEKS TO REVOKE HIS BAIL

(Update from AW@L & Alex Hundert Support Cttee)

“Being thrown back in jail illegitimately and maliciously in no way dampens my resolve, in fact it only strengthens it and I am resolute to continue fighting. I hope that while I am in jail as many people as possible will continue building movements and building relationships across struggles, and will continue to push back against the system and its norms of domination.” – Alex Hundert from jail, Sep 19th

(1) Alex Hundert behind bars for at least a few weeks; crown seeks to

revoke his bail.

(2) What is a public demonstration? and Why are people being jailed for it?

September 19, 2010– Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – G20 defendant and alleged ‘ringleader’ Alex Hundert appeared in court on Saturday September 18, 2010for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made

the preposterous and unbelievable claim that Alex’s two public speaking events on university campuses in Kitchenerand Torontoare public demonstrations.

On Saturday September 18, approximately 100 people gathered for a courthouse rally. AW@L member Rachel Avery, OCAP member Liisa Schofield, Anishinaabekwe (Algonquin) Indigenous sovereigntist Jen Meunier, No One Is Illegal member Mohan Mishra, and Ryerson professor and co-panelist and

organizer of the Toronto panel event Judy Rebick all spoke powerfully and defiantly about not being intimidated in the face of ongoing arrests and to strengthen our commitment to this resistance.

In court, Alex appeared briefly, just to set another date for Tuesday September 21 at the 2201 Finch courthouse. On Tuesday again, he will only appear briefly to schedule a 3-day hearing for sometime in the next few weeks, where the Crown will try to argue that he was in breach of his bail conditions. The Crown is also seeking to revoke Alex’s bail entirely and keep him behind bars till trial.

For Alex’s court date on Tuesday, we are not organizing a call for mass court support. Since this is a quick court appearance, we would like to suggest to allies to instead stand alongside the ongoing movements and daily struggles in our city. In particular, we would encourage you to attend “No More Migrant Worker Deaths Protest” for migrant workers rights and safety. With the recent work-placed related deaths of two Jamaican agricultural workers Ralston White and Paul Roach, Justicia for Migrant

Workers is organizing a public protest (an actual demonstration) later in the week on Friday September 24th at the Ontario Ministry of Labour (400 University Avenue) at 1 pm. (See http://bit.ly/cHp3sm and

http://bit.ly/b5Yi4s for more)

Alex has often reminded us “They are targeting me and trying to send me to jail because I am part of communities that are effectively organizing across movements. Whether it is the criminalization of anarchists and community organizers like me, or the daily demonization of Indigenous peoples, poor people and migrant communities, we are living in the midst of an increasingly aggressive and openly racist Harper regime that serves only to protect property and profit, not people.”

The most recent attempt to silence Alex is a strong indication of the police’s intent to criminalize ideas, dissent, and effective community organizing. (For further background information on Alex’s arrest and the numerous attempts by the police and Crown to throw him back in jail, read this press release: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/504)

We insist that Alex and the five remaining G20 defendants behind bars be released immediately, that all G20-related charges be dropped, and that all prison walls and border walls and apartheid walls be torn down. We who strive and struggle for Indigenous sovereignty, migrant and ecological justice, or economic equality are perceived as threats to the state because of our ideas and our efficacy. We will not be defeated by their attacks; our communities, our visions, our solidarities are stronger than their repression. Free the People, Defend the Land!

LETTERS TO ALEXIN JAIL CAN BE SENT TO:

Alex Hundert

TorontoWest Detention Centre

111 Disco Rd, Box 4950

Toronto(Rexdale), ON M9W 5L6

(It is best to include letters without attachments and clippings, which can arbitrarily be held. Also remember letters are often read by guards first. If you are writing, please write soon given the length of time it sometimes takes to receive mail inside)

For more information or questions, contact jonah.hundert@gmail.com or hwalia8@gmail.com or AW@L through antiwar@peaceculture.org.

ARTICLES:

Toronto Star “Alleged G20 ringleader arrested after taking part in

university panel”:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/863322–alleged-g20-ringleader-arrested-after-taking-part-in-university-panel?bn=1#article

Media Co-op “Alleged G20 co-conspirator re-arrested after speaking at

Ryerson University”:

http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/alleged-g20-co-conspirator-re-arrested-after-speaking-university-toronto/4669

Rabble “The re-arrest of Alex Hundert – Why the police should be charged

with obstruction of justice”

http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/statica/2010/09/g8g20-communiqu%C3%A9-re-arrest-alex-hundert-%E2%80%93-why-police-should-be-charge

WHAT IS A PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION? AND WHY ARE PEOPLE BEING JAILED FOR IT?

19 Sep 2010 – The Community Solidarity Network, a grassroots network that exists to defend people criminalized during the G20 Summit and to continue fighting the policies of the G20, is enraged at the arrest of Alex Hundert, following a talk he delivered titled “Strengthening Our Resolve: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda” at the invitation of Ryerson University. Alex has been arrested for speaking on a panel which the crown insists is a breaking of ‘no-public demonstration’ bail condition.

Ontario Court Attorneys Jason Miller and Vince Paris, the G20 Investigative Team particularly Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux and OPP Detective John Vandenheuvel have now broken all laws of reason and justice.

The G20 Circus that wreaked havoc in Toronto; wasted over $1.2 billion dollars and resulted in immense trauma for thousands who were abused and assaulted by the police has now reached the point of absurdity.

A panel in a university classroom is not a demonstration. The police and prosecution’s attempts to say that it is would be laughable if not for the serious consequences to people’s lives. This is an undisguised attempt to silence meaningful opposition to police brutality and the G20 agenda of exploitation and exclusion.

Presently nearly over 100 people have a “no-demonstration” bail condition. Does that means that none of them are to speak publicly about their treatment by the police and prosecution?

Public demonstrations are acceptable and effective ways of creating transformative change. The overthrow of colonialism around the world, women’s right to vote, workers rights to good working conditions and most recently the HST exemption for indigenous communities in Ontario were important victories by organized people willing and able to demonstrate their ideas and beliefs.

Banning such actions is an attempt to weaken the social fabric of our communities and cannot be justified. As recently as 2002, the Ontario Court of Justice found that restricting an individual’s right to public demonstration is unconstitutional.

Jason Miller, Vince Paris, Gary Giroux and John Vandenheuvel, along with Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, Ontario Provincial Police Chief Julian Fantino and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Alphonse MacNeil are attacking our freedom to speak our minds, express ourselves and associate with our communities.

We must resist.

Free Alex Hundert! Free all G20 prisoners! Free all political prisoners!

Continue to support the G20 Legal Defence Fund:

http://www.g20.torontomobilize.org/support

http://g20.torontomobilize.org

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