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G8/G20 Communique: The re-arrest of Alex Hundert – Why the police should be charged with obstruction of justice

| September 18, 2010
Photo tweeted by @q_e_d who attended Hundert's solidarity press conference Saturday September 18, 2010.

The re-arrest of Alex Hundert is an obstruction of justice because the court system has already decided twice now that Hundert should remain free.

Alex Hundert was arrested last night after speaking at the G20 Strengthening Our Resolve event in Toronto post-G20.

Hundert had returned home to his surety's residence at 10:30 p.m. after speaking at Ryerson University when he was arrested by seven Toronto police and RCMP officers. He was then taken to the Metro West Detention Centre for an alleged breach of his bail condition of non-participation in public demonstrations.

Hundert's bail hearing was scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 am at Old City Hall in Toronto. He will remain incarcerated until Tuesday September 21, 2010 where two separate yet connected issues will be dealt with. 1: Did Hundert breach his bail conditions by speaking at the G20 event on Friday September 17, 2010? 2: If this is determined to be true, then the Crown will seek to again attempt to revoke his bail.

At a 9:00 a.m. press conference to support Hundert, supporters reported heavy surveillance and harassment by Toronto police (reported badge numbers are as follows: #1176, #3457, #7039).

I was at the G20 talk on that Friday night and let me assure you it was not a torch and pitch-fork affair. He was speaking at the university panel, not a protest. So let me be clear: Alex Hundert was arrested for speaking out against the G20 and the G20 police force.

The government's issue of breached bail conditions is based on Hundert's participation as an invited panellist at two recent events. The police are alleging that he is in violation of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration.

According to a statement released by his supporters early Saturday: "On July 28, 2010 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) warned Hundert that media interviews he did with CBC radio, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Media Co-op, and rabble.ca were similarly a violation of the no-demonstration bail condition and threatened to re-jail Hundert. A day later at a press conference, Hundert and his supporters defied this media ban and decried the harassment as a blatant violation of his right to free speech as well as a violation of freedom of the press." [Editor's Note 18/09/10: "The OPP are mistaken. Hundert did not speak to rabble.ca after his arrest, but an article he wrote earlier this year can be read here. Rabble.ca did speak to Leah Henderson, who was arrested at the same time as Hundert. That article can be read here.]

Originally arrested on June 26, 2010, in a pre-dawn raid for his alleged role as a G20 organizer and charged with conspiracy, he was first released on bail on July 19, 2010. The government challenged his court ordered bail release and on Monday September 13, 2010, Justice Todd Ducharme ruled that Alex Hundert could remain free on bail.

Thus, the justice system has twice decided that Hundert should remain free and yet the government -- through the Toronto police and RCMP -- are obviously acting against the court's ruling.

Therefore, I think Toronto Police's G20 Investigative Unit and the RCMP should be charged with obstruction of justice.

G20 activists state they feel the government is conducting a campaign to criminalize dissent and specifically target First Nations solidarity activists.

Of course, it would be so easy and so Canadian to take a passive view of: "Well, maybe Alex should have stayed home if he felt the cops were gunning for him." Which only further promotes the message: "oh look, he spoke out and they took him away. Best to stay home ourselves."

According to supporter and No One Is Illegal member Mohan Mishra, "We are outraged at Alex's re-arrest. He was speaking at a panel discussion in a university classroom alongside professors, which is clearly not a public demonstration. This is yet another attempt to silence Alex, and is a strong indication of the police's intent to criminalize ideas, dissent, and effective community organizing."

I would like to personally let the government know that they do not need to protect me from the likes of Hundert. So typical is the government's reaction to radical activists: The government gets afraid of an activist so it labels that person a "threat" (even a "terrorist") to make the rest of the public afraid of them.

I am not afraid of Alex Hundert or his politics so please do not use your "Serve and Protect" mantra on my behalf. Do not claim to do this in my name. You do not serve myself or justice by protecting me from Hundert and his politics. You are in fact obstructing justice.  

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The next couple of days will be critical regarding how activists react to Hundert's arrest. Alex Hundert will appear in court again on Tuesday September 21, 2010 at the 2201 Finch Avenue West courthouse.  

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yup, it's the "tooth and nail" that i was commenting about...

if an activist was taken to jail after speaking at one of my university events (as a professor who is the legal occupier of the room in question) i would go all out denouncing this and calling on the upper strata to own up.

professors have legal status at these institutions but they lie down.

players need to hit where they have leverage. professors have more leverage than street marchers but they don't use it to go after power.

darkdaughta... you are absolutely right about this. and while there is work being done on behalf of those people, it is never enough. i know that those still doing work around g20 related issues are adamant that ALL G20 charges be dropped. There is also a lot of work being done and that has been done connecting the two days of extraordinary police violence to the fact that this kind of brutality is the dialy experience for people across the city. The Community Solidarity Network (which formed out of hte old TCMN) has formed the 247 committee specifically to support anyone who is facing charges related to the G20. The displaying of people's faces acros the news and labeling them "most wanted" and "violent" is unacceptable and should be fought against, tooth and nail.

i'm hoping that in the midst of all this back and forth, she said he said, that someone will pay attention to the every day people who had their photos splayed all over the front of newspapers, who were defined as "most wanted", proscribed and tried in the media, some of whom have been hunted down by police. many of thes people do not have big names that would warrant them being mentioned in speeches by any professor or activist, they definitely do not warrant having a letter written to the attorney general by the ccla. clearly they do not even warrant anyone paying attention to what is happening with them or their cases let alone paying attention to whether the police regularly come to their doors to harrass, belittle, dominate and disturb under the guise of bail compliance. nope. we're paying attention to the big names, the big picture. but wait! isn't the big picture made of of regular everyday people? last time i checked it was.

Also, the CCLA has written a letter to the attorney general. I'm trying to figure out how to post it.

Denis, Judy has been eager and willing to do whatever she can to support Alex and all G20 defendants. She spoke at a press conference we held outside old city hall saturday morning while Alex was waiting to be seen in court. The video is here.

Hi radiorahim,

I don't think Judy minds suggestions and criticisms of her activism. (I bet she appreciates it.)

I did not see any mention in the link you provided that Judy Rebick had publicly called on the president of Ryerson to denounce this overt intervention by the state against academic freedom and university institutional independence, both guaranteed by an international UN agreement that Canada signed and both nominally protected by university administrations.

I'm suggesting that we should all ramp up our activism in denouncing this, with more than just nice words that the surprising arrests are not legitimate. Some of the elite need to be brought in. That's all.

Question is: Does Judy Rebick see it this way? Let's wait and see.

How long do you suggest I should wait?

Do you agree that it would be a good action for Judy Rebick and other professors to take? Why would university president be left alone when such obvious violations of this societal institution occur?

What are other effective ways to turn the heat up? Why would it always only implicate the rabble without going to get the bosses? What real impact did the Star article have?

Denis, maybe you're on the job 24/7 figuring out ways to denounce people who don't live up to your standards of activism.

This arrest took place late on a Friday night after an event that Judy Rebick invited Alex Hundert to speak at.

You might want to have a look at the Toronto Star story that appeared on Saturday:

http://tinyurl.com/2d9yr37

Perhaps Judy's denunciation of Hundert's arrest wasn't soon enough for you.   Maybe she shouldn't sleep.

 

The university president of Ryerson should be publicly denouncing the state's attack against academic freedom and institutional independence. He/she should be publicly shamed for not denouncing this state intervention! I say go after these assholes who protect Police State Canada by not standing for the institutions that they are entrusted to protect. Also, why is Judy Rebick not publicly calling on the president to speak out? Why is Rebick not demanding change from within? Let's get serious. Demand resolve and focus from co-activists in positions of influence.

Come on Judy, it's time to get into gear.

And has the CCLA gone back to sleep?

Here is an essay about how self-image leverage works: http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/2010/06/psycho-biological-basis-for-image.html

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