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Activist Communique: G8/G20 People's Inqury on Thursday -- Live coverage from rabble.ca

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Another day of testimony at the G20 People's Inquiry at the Westin Hotel in Toronto from 9:30 to 5:00 pm. Please follow it live here: http://www.rabble.ca/news/2010/11/g20-public-hearing-november-11-and-12-follow-live

Seeking police accountability to the public for their actions during the G8/G20 Summit demonstrations in late June 2010? Don't trust politicians speaking on your behalf regarding your experience -- fighting it out in Parliament in a tit for tat fashion -- as the state discusses the state's behaviour?

This is for you!

I'll be covering the hearings live for you! Check here: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/11/g20-public-hearing-november-11-and-12-foll...


On Nov. 10 and 11, 2010, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) will be co-hosting two days of public hearings to examine police activity during the recent G20 Summit in Toronto. They have invited members of the public affected by G20 Summit security to attend this event to speak about how their contact with the police during the G20 Summit impacted them personally.

The hearing will take place in Dockside III Room (lower level, one floor below the lobby) at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square. 


Toronto - Wednesday, Nov. 10

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Toronto - Thursday, November 11th

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I will be live blogging from the Toronto hearings. Visit rabble.ca beginning 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 10 to follow her live blog. I will also be checking in with www.rabble.ca/babble to hear comments from you!

"Most people who will be there are people who had direct contact with the police and are coming to talk about what happened to them," said CCLA spokesperson Penelope Chester. "Speakers will include people arrested, detained, and/or charged during the summit and others who were 'manhandled' by police, she said, as well as lawyers and academics."

The hearings are intended to provide an opportunity for individuals who witnessed or were affected by objectionable police conduct during the Summit to share their stories. The primary objectives of the hearings are:

* To educate Canadians on the importance of the relationship between democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly;

* To increase public awareness regarding the impact of the G20 Summit on constitutional rights and freedoms;

* And, to promote accountability for the alleged violations of constitutional rights that occurred during the G20 Summit.

The CCLA and NUPGE will be producing a report on these hearings which will be released in January 2011. "The idea is to really put it on the record and have actual people's perspectives and stories written down, just to capture what happened during the G20," Chester said.

Click here for more information about the hearings.

 To contact the Canadian Civil Liberties Association:

506 - 360 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X1

Phone: 416-363-0321
Fax: 416-861-1291

email: [email protected]

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