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Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and James Clancy, the National Union of Public and General Employees's national president, spoke to rabble.ca about the release of a report by the CCLA and the NUPGE based on public hearings on the G20 mass arrests. The hearings were held in Toronto and Montreal last November.
By most accounts, the Seoul meeting of the Group of 20 major economies failed to meet the objective of "rebalancing" the global economy. No major agreement was reached on any core issues, beyond agreeing to put things off until 2011 while the IMF is put to work on some "indicative guidelines" for the next debate.
According to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, "It is unclear whether G-20 members will agree on such guidelines, let alone enforce them rigorously."
Paul Quintos is the international policy officer of the Filipino think-tank the IBON Foundation. He and at least seven other activists from the Philippines were detained and deported by immigration officials at Seoul Incheon Airport prior to the start of the Seoul G20 conference. This is the address he sent after his expulsion to delegates who were attending an IBON-sponsored conference on Charting Alternatives for the Global Economy.
First of all, I would like to express my deep regret that I am unable to join you today in Korea.