Monday, February 28, 2011

Canada's Week of Shame :Toronto Police Riot Report: "Civil Rights Trampled in Police Response to G20 Protests: Report "

Civil rights trampled in police response to G20 protests: Report Thestar.co, Feb. 28, 2011


OTTAWA—Civil rights violations at last summer’s G20 summit in Toronto go beyond a few “misbehaving police officers and were endorsed high up the chain of command, civil rights groups charged Monday.

The violent dispersal of peaceful protests, mass arrests and “illegal” detentions all point to a concerted police strategy critics said as they came to Parliament Hill to press their case for a public inquiry into the actions of law enforcement officers—and the question of who was directing the entire operation.

“Someone with authority must have directed police to engage in activities that ignore proper conduct and even the rule of law,” said James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees.

“Whoever that person or persons are, they must be held accountable. That’s not going to happen unless we have an independent public inquiry,” Clancy said.




For those who demand Canadian content on our blog here's something to chew on.
Last year the G20 Summit met in Toronto Canada and while most protesters were peaceful the Police were out to get their pound of flesh to prove that the Police , the Military the secret service , the wealthy and well connected elites are still in control. Democracy when it comes down to this sort of confrontation in Canada gets tossed out the window.
It seems no matter how many homeless and poor people there are in Canada it is verbotten to speak up on their behalf.

The problem is that Canadians for all their bluster about human rights, civil rights and freedoms these are just empty outdated (we are told) quaint notions that belong to more naive innocent earlier days before (we are told) 9/11.

Now only those who support unconditionally and without question Canadian domestic and foreign policies are permitted to speak all others who are critical of these policies as Bush/Cheney and Washington would say are therefore on the side of AlQaeda, the Islamist extremists etc. Our current Prime Minister Stephen Harper fights for Big Oil and believes workers should take cuts in pay or benefits so corporations can make bigger profits and pay their CEO lavish salaries.

Police Attack Jail Solidarity Action-June 27, 2010.



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Compare to Egyptian police attacking protester while the protesters were praying. Anumber of Coptic Christians at one point surround those Muslims praying in order to protect them from bein beaten by the police.
Egypt :New images show police using water canons against protesters praying on a bridge last Friday.



And some video about Canada's Week of Shame in which the riot police rioted against primarily peaceful protesters.
The message good or Real Canadians do not protest period.

Welcome To The Banana Republic of Canada the USA's 51st State
Secret Police in unmarked vans snatch and grab at G20 Toronto 06.27.2010



Torontonians gather at police HQ to condemn abuses-Real news Network




G20 riots expose police brutality



G20 Protest The Battle of Toronto




POLICE SURROUND PROTESTERS AND ATTACK - QUEENS PARK TORONTO - G20



Fortress Toronto Aljazeera 2010




June 27, 2010





Any Canadian therefore taking part in such protests are to be deemed enemy combatants whom the police are permitted to beat the shit out of while many Canadians at home applaud.
What disturbed our Uberconservative Canadians is that the police didn't use live rounds on protesters .
This may not be true but given the silence of most Canadians at the time and now eight months later would give their silent approval to these "Police State " tactics even the CBC went overboard to prove they are on the side of repression in the name of law and order. The CBC thinks if it moves further to the right the Neoconservative Religious Right Prime Minister and his quasi Fascist Regime will not cut their government funding . So dream on CBC.

More money was spent on security at the G20 summit in Toronto 2010 than at any other G20 Summit
There also only about 75,000 demonstraters yet police acted as if there were half a million or more.


Civil rights trampled in police response to G20 protests: Report Thestar.co, Feb. 28, 2011

OTTAWA—Civil rights violations at last summer’s G20 summit in Toronto go beyond a few “misbehaving police officers and were endorsed high up the chain of command, civil rights groups charged Monday.

The violent dispersal of peaceful protests, mass arrests and “illegal” detentions all point to a concerted police strategy critics said as they came to Parliament Hill to press their case for a public inquiry into the actions of law enforcement officers—and the question of who was directing the entire operation.

“Someone with authority must have directed police to engage in activities that ignore proper conduct and even the rule of law,” said James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees.

“Whoever that person or persons are, they must be held accountable. That’s not going to happen unless we have an independent public inquiry,” Clancy said.

“This wasn’t just a few rogue officers or somebody on the front line. This was systematic,” Clancy said. “This goes up the line. The question is how far.”

The union, with about 340,000 members nationwide, joined with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to produce a 59-page report backing their demands for a public inquiry.

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper played host to world leaders last June inside the Toronto convention centre, downtown streets resembled a war zone as peaceful protesters clashed with police officers and number of vandals smashed windows and looted stores and businesses.

Over two days, 1,105 people were arrested, the largest mass-arrest in Canadian peacetime history.

“In an effort to locate and frustrates a small cohort of vandals, police disregarded the constitutional rights of thousands,” the report says.

The report takes aim at the security effort, saying it wasn’t properly planned to accommodate the expected peaceful protests and then once the summit was underway, excessive – even illegal — force was used to deter the protesters.

“There are events in Canadian history that will remain symbols of the fragility of our democratic rights and the policing at the G20 will be remembered as one of them,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel for the civil liberties group.

“We still don’t know why such conduct was allowed to take place and why the right to peacefully protest was not fully protected,” she told a news conference Monday morning.

Des Rosiers said none of the reviews ordered so far have the scope or legal mandate to provide the answers she says are needed or to explore the interaction between the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto police involved in the summit security.

“Is there some legal safeguards that needs to be implemented better? Is there some better training? This should not happen again and that’s why we need a public inquiry,” Des Rosiers said.

“The failure to train police officers properly, the strategy deployed is what we are questioning today,” she said.

“Canadians deserve to know what went wrong,” she said.

Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay said it’s hypocritical for the federal Conservatives to voice support for peaceful protest across the Middle East when Toronto protests were so aggressively confronted by police.

“I think the line got crossed in the G20,” she said.





Top Ten Disastrous Policies From the Wisconsin GOP You Haven't Heard About
Saturday 26 February 2011 by: Kevin Donohoe | ThinkProgress | Report, Feb. 26,2011.


As the standoff between the Main Street Movement and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) continues for the twelfth day, much of the media coverage — and anger — from both sides has focused on Walker’s efforts to strip Wisconsin public workers of their right to collective bargaining. But Walker’s assault on public employees is only one part of a larger political program that aims to give corporations free reign in the state while dismantling the healthcare programs, environmental regulations, and good government laws that protect Wisconsin’s middle and working class. ..


Since his inauguration just two months ago, Walker and the Wisconsin GOP have taken unprecedented action to undermine the state’s unions, environmental regulations, long-term fiscal health, social welfare programs and basic democratic structure. As Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said Tuesday, Walker has stopped acting like the Republican governor of a Midwestern state and has instead “basically taken on the position of a dictator” with a “vision of America that’s similar to somewhere like Nigeria or Pakistan.”

and so it goes,
GORD.

1 comment:

Sheryl Joi said...

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