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Actions and cyberactions against the political repression at the G20

Actions and cyberactions against the political repression at the G20

Actions

Submit your testimonies - Resources for G20-related complaints

- Canadian Civil Liberties Association

We welcome honest accounts from members of the public. If you witnessed an event that you are concerned about, or feel your rights have been violated, we encourage you to contact us and fill our incident reporting form.

EDIT - date limit for this first phase: July 16!

This web page also shares the links to submit complaints directly against the RCMP or any other Ontario police service.

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[Word document] G20 : Checklist for drafting witness reports [New - English version]

- Ligue des droits et libertés

The Ligue des droits et libertés (Quebec) is studying the possibility of intervening before international and regional human rights institutions (UN, CIDH, etc.). For this, it needs to gather testimonies. This document, in French, should help those interested. Even if you were not charged nor detained, your testimony may be important.

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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

If you were doing media work during the G20, do you feel your freedom of expression or of the press was violated or repressed?

 

Cyberactions

Sign the CCLA petition for Action on the G20!

- Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The actions of the government and the police during the G20 Summit demonstrate the need for answers, accountability, and action. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling for:

1) An independent inquiry into the actions of the police during the G20, including: [follow the link to read the complete version]

2) Repeal or amendment of the Public Works Protection Act to meet basic constitutional standards;

and 3) Law reform to ensure that the Criminal Code provisions relating to “breach of the peace”, “unlawful assemblies” and “riots” are brought in line with constitutional standards.

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Petition-email to Harper to request a public inquiry concerning the "security" at the G20

- Amnesty International-Canada

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[Facebook Events] July 17 - G20 Protest: Defend Your Rights !

- organized in various cities

[Facebook Group] Demanding a Public Inquiry into Toronto G20

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Open Publishing - This is an alternative media where you can freely contribute content ! Simply add with a comment below the links to actions or cyberactions.

Image : the book in the image is entitled "The Legal Use of Force". I do not know the source of the image, which I found in Facebook.


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Salutation / Greetings, Je gère un média communautaire régional, en ligne, où vous pouvez publier toute activité engagée ou progressiste: Le Média-calendrier de la démocratie en actions, Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches I manage a regional community online media : www.reseauforum.org

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UPDATE: English version of the LDL help document

Last night, I posted the French version, but I have received the English version today :

G20 : Checklist for witness reports (see above)

Another action : changing the Toronto City Council

I am in Quebec City, so my comment is a bit out of line, so this is just a suggestion.

As we all know by now I presume, yesterday 36 members of the Toronto City Council voted a motion declaring that the police had done a fine job. As you can read is this very good article, some of the elected showed concern for the human rights violations and the repression, but others showed a total carelessness for the victims, of which over 1000 arbitrary arrest, not to mention the numerous reports of brutality, threats of rape, laughing at people suffering in detention, and the dire conditions in the G20 cages. My words here cannot convey the gravity of the situation nor the criminality of the actions of some police officers.

Though there was concern and criticism from some, it remains they voted a motion declaring the police actions had been "outstanding". If they were truly aware or caring of the grave and massive human rights violations, they would have kept to something more moderate like "good work in the circumstances" at worse, but instead they chose the most extreme wording of complete approval.

But the motion does call for an inquiry, which might explain the vote for, while appeasing the police: cities are often afraid to anger their own police.

Action proposed : Those elected who deny the testimonies of the people or who simply did not listen or care because they are blindly in admiration of "their" police, deserve to be ousted from office next elections and, until then, constantly confronted by the legal facts. If in their hearts civil liberties and freedom of press is something that can be set aside, we must kick them out of office (democratically).

Of course, that principle should be applied by the people in all elections, at all levels, that is to say: make sure the person you vote for will uphold a state of law, where everyone, be they police officer or elected official, will be placed under the law. Supporting democratic practices (giving power to the people) should also be a criteria when judging a candidate.

Here, while I estimate that about 30 to 50 people may have broken windows at a specific moment Saturday, over 1100 people, all week long, were denied common Canadian justice standards (rights) and countless (both detained or not) were submitted to police violence, lies, sexual threats, insults, etc. In a sense I guess you could say it was outstanding.

Updates

* I am told the CCLA survey ends July 16, at least for a first phase for a report soon I presume.

* I added the link to the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression survey.

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