Friday, July 2, 2010

July 10 Day of Action for Civil Liberties

Hey there - this just dropped in my mailbox. This is an excellent follow-up to the brilliant demonstration that took place yesterday at Queen's Park and drew about 2,500 people - an impressive turnout for such short notice and on Canada Day. The anger was palpable, as well as the determination. The momentum that this is generating across the country could lead to a real crisis for the Tories - in the dog days of summer, no less - and win a tangible victory in the form of an inquiry and, less likely but still possible, the resignation of Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair.
Pass the word along to everyone you know!


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During the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27, more than $1.2 billion was spent on a reported 20,000 police and security officers, a 5 metre fence, and new weapons designed to stifle dissent and silence public opposition.
Despite threats of new crowd dispersal weapons and dubious claims that police were granted extraordinary powers of search and arrest, over 25,000 people peacefully marched to question the legitimacy of the G20 and call on Canada to take action on the economy, jobs, public services, global poverty, climate change, Indigenous rights, migrant and undocumented workers’ rights, women’s rights, human
rights, peace, inequality and social justice.
Under the pretext of stopping vandalism, the police descended upon peaceful protesters and confused passers-by with force that was disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive, and included raids, rubber bullets, tear gas and pre-emptive detentions. In total, more than 900 people were detained based on dubious charges, in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.
Demonstrate your opposition to the excessive use of police force and the unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties. Demand an independent public inquiry. Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada and Qu├ębec on July 10, 2010.

Queen’s Park, Toronto
Saturday, July 10 @ 1 p.m.
Mass demonstration & march

Community members and organisations in other regions are
encouraged to organise their own local events on the same day, to
pressure all levels of government to support civil liberties.
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For information or to endorse, email: CivilLibertiesNOW@gmail.com
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