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If you are in the Montreal area, you should come down and give support to the demonstrators that were victims of the largest arrest in Canadian history. This is from the CLAC  (Convergence des Luttes Anti Capitalists) website with all the info that you will need to come and take part in this demonstration! Sorry to the English readers, but I seem to only be able to find it in French. Important info to remember is July 1st, noon, Phillips Square in Montreal…

Du jamais vu dans l’histoire du Canada
Manifestation contre la répression et en solidarité avec les arrêtéEs du G20
Jeudi le 1 juillet – 12h au Carré Phillips à Montréal

Face à la violence policière, aux attaques contre notre résistance et aux arrestations sans précédant des manifestantEs anti-G20, la Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes – CLAC 2010 – appelle l’ensemble des mouvements sociaux à se mobiliser en solidarité avec les victimes de l’appareil répressif tombéEs aux mains de l’armée policière.

Plus de 900 arrestations ont eu lieu durant la fin de semaine à Toronto par kidnapping, profilage politique, raids dans des résidances privées et lieux d’hébergement, violence, brutalité, inditimidation et harcèlement. C’est le plus grand nombre d’arrestation dans l’histoire du Canada, et elles furent effectuées envers des manifestantEs qui n’ont fait qu’exprimer leur désaccord avec des politiques capitalistes, sécuritaires, sexistes, colonialistes et antisociales du G20 et des grands financiers de ce monde.

MANIFESTATION JEUDI 1er JUILLET À MONTRÉAL

CLAC 2010 dénonce la répression policière d’une ampleur sans précédent au Canada intervenue à Toronto lors du Sommet du G20. À la violence policière s’ajoute l’annonce d’une série de mesures d’austérité économique (réduction de déficits, hausses de taxes, coupes dans les services sociaux), qui constituent autant de violences économiques dirigées contre les populations. Les travailleuses et les travailleurs sont appelés à payer la note pour la dernière crise financière, alors que les banques et le secteur financier, qui en sont les responsables et qui ont bénéficié de 20 000 milliards $ en plans de relance, ne se voient imposer aucune nouvelle régulation.

Les 900 arrestations arbitraires et politiques à Toronto sont du jamais vu dans l’histoire du Canada, soit près de trois fois plus qu’en octobre 1970. Les policiers ont violé les droits fondamentaux, détenu des gens durant des heures sans accusations formelles, sans recours à un avocat, sans nourriture et sans eau. Les policiers se sont montrés coupables d’entrée par effraction sans mandat, de profilage, d’intimidation et de harcèlement, de kidnapping, d’usage démesuré de la force sur des manifestantes, des manifestants ainsi que des journalistes. Nous voyons bien qu’État policier et violence économique vont de pair.

Chaque jour, partout dans le monde, des gens meurent des conséquences directes des politiques sociales et économiques mises de l’avant par les élites regroupées dans cette instance illégitime qu’est le G20. Les réductions de déficit fièrement annoncées ne feront qu’empirer les conditions de vie de millions de personnes. Stephen Harper a d’ailleurs rappelé que l’objectif visé était de contenter et de rassurer les marchés financiers. Rien sur l’environnement, des miettes pour la santé des femmes, rien sur les conséquences sociales de la crise économique, dont les personnes migrantes sont les premières victimes. Tout pour consolider le capitalisme, un système économique qui privilégie une infime minorité au détriment de l’immense majorité

Ce dont nous avons été témoins à Toronto visait à faire taire la dissidence et à criminaliser les mouvements sociaux. Ce sont des tactiques bien connues pour diviser les populations, briser la résistance et imposer des politiques régressives. Nous avons franchi une nouvelle étape dans l’intensification de la répression policière et dans les concessions exigées des populations.

La CLAC 2010 tiendra une manifestation le jeudi 1er juillet 2010 à midi au Carré Phillips, à l’angle des rues Sainte-Catherine et Union, à Montréal. Nous invitons tous les mouvements sociaux progressistes, les familles et leurs enfants à cette grande manifestation qui sera clôturée par un « baby block ».

La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes de Montréal 2010 (CLAC 2010) est un réseau de groupes et d’individus qui se sont réunis pour consolider leurs luttes respectives à l’échelle locale et mobiliser leurs communautés en vue des sommets du G8 et du G20.

Partagez l’événement sur facebook :
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=129158520458163

COMPILATION DE VIDÉOS DE LA RÉSISTANCE AU SOMMET DU G20

Témoignage d’une arrêtée – Menaces sexuelles et fouille à nue par des policiers hommes sur des femmes
http://vimeo.com/12925239

Témoignage d’un québécois fouillé et questionné arbitrairement
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1384764056790&ref=mf

Enlèvement arbitraire dans la rue par des forces du G20 habillés en soldats
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZcDc9LgYc8&feature=related

Enlèvement arbitraire dans la rue par des officiers en civil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNHQsjWWTs8

Petit compte-rendu de la manif “Get off the fence”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsnGpIRQzkU&feature=player_embedded

Journaliste attaqué dans la rue
Carlton, près du QG des flics, vendredi en milieu d’après-midi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7OA920pbv8&feature=player_embedded

Charge policière dans la zone de “libre expression” désigné par les autorités
Queen’s park, Samedi fin d’après-midi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVDY8pE_twY
http://vimeo.com/12883752

Manifestation spontanée se fait réprimmer au coin Queen et Spadina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heb9BXjYcII&feature=player_embedded

Les policiers bloquent l’accès au centre de convergence (QG des manifestants)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSKmp7E3hjE

Manifestation d’appui aux arrêté-e-s se fait réprimer : Dimanche après-midi près de la prison temporaire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiLt40d_AbU&feature=player_embedded
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1512684781074#comments

TÉMOIGNAGES ET RÉCITS DE LA RÉPRESSION

Raid arbitraires de la police en pleine nuit chez des citoyens
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/06/26/police-booth-raid426.h…

Intimidation et détention arbitraire sans mandat par des officiers en civil
http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/community-organizers-thrown-unmarked-polic…

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Protests have already been going on in Toronto leading up to the G20 summit, many causes are getting together to have their messages heard. You might be asking yourself why exactly should people by attending and participating in these protests? There are many reasons and causes that one can get behind, The Peak actually has a great article showing the three majors reasons why someone should attend the protests that will be happening.

1- The G8/G20 proliferates war : It is said that the G2o could be called an international arms dealers summit. The Canada Peace Alliance states that G20 countries are responsible for more than 85 percent of global military spending and 95 percent of global arms production. Five G20 countries (the USA, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea) spent nearly $1 trillion in 2008 on the military, for a tenth of this they could create more genuine security by eliminating global starvation and malnutrition, educating every child on earth, making clean water and sanitation accessible for all, and reversing the global spread of AIDS and malaria. Harper has committed Canada to spending $490 billion on the military in the next 20 years. This is something that we should all remember  when we will be told that there is not enough money to fund our parents’ and grandparents’ pensions. The consequences of these investments and actions is death, the New America Foundation has noted that 871 Pakistanis were killed by Americans in Barack Obama’s first sixteen months as president; and in June 2009 NATO bombed civilian houses in Afghanistan killing more than 100 people. It is interesting how if this would happen in Western societies we would call this terrorism.

2- The G8/G20 deepens poverty : The G8/G20 decides policies of the IMF and the World Bank. This is all masked as debt relief, where these institutions provide loans to the Global South with many conditions attached in collaboration with local elites, which forces these states to limit spending on health and education, to weaken labour and environmental laws, to produce cheap export good for the Global North, and to flood their markets with goods from the Global North which discourage local production; this in the end allows international corporations privileged access to national wealth. This is done with the notion that it produces economic growth in the developing world. There are great repercussions from these loans from the WB and IMF: Ivory Coast (urban poverty doubled in two years), Nigeria ( extreme poverty went from 28 percent in 1980 to 66 percent in 1996), Mexico, the percentage of the population living in extreme poverty rose from 16 percent in 1992 to 28 percent in 1999. The UN’s Human Development Report noted that in some of these countries development slide backwards. In 46 countries people are poorer today than in 1990. In 25 countries more people are hungry today than a decade ago. Why would this system be running if these are the results? Because the world’s poorest countries are subsidizing the richest. Between 1980-2007 $4.6 trillion was transferred from the Global South to the Global North.

3- The G8/G20 is undemocratic : The summit’s webpage notes that “Although participation in the meetings is reserved for members, the public is informed about what was discussed and agreed immediately after the meeting of ministers and governors has ended.” The meetings are held in secret and once they have decided what is best for us they will tell us what they think we ought to know. The G20 governance over the Global North is undemocratic, its rule over the Global South is downright neo-colonial. It is true that the G20 includes a few less developed countries, unlike the G8, it functions mostly as a sounding board and does little to alter the elite nature of the G8.

Of course there are many other reasons, like environmental degradation, First Nations sovereignty and global gender inequality. If you are around Toronto this weekend come and lend your voice to these causes, we have a world to win. Also, if not for anything, come show Harper that you are not afraid to speak up when you don’t agree with him and his clubhouse, no matter how much security and fences that he builds to discourage you to have your presence felt! This is what they want! Dissent is what makes our country so great! If we don’t keep fighting for our right to speak up, we will end up losing it! Fight for your right to assemble, disagree, and express yourself! The police state will not scare us! I will be attending the summit this weekend and will put up a post of what I witnessed, protests always inspire and depress me at the same time, but it is my duty to let the heads of state know that what they are doing I find wrong and must stop if we are to truly save this planet of ours!

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As I am sure all of you know, the G20 will be descending in downtown Toronto to partake in their annual photo-op and maybe make some decisions along the way. I am sure you have seen the walls that have been erected to keep protestors or any voice of dissent out, also installing security cameras around the downtown core, and making sure that every police officers will be on duty and even borrowing some of our other cities finest. It is estimated that all of these extra security measures have cost us taxpayers around 1 billion dollars. These meetings are politicians desperate attempt to fix a system that has failed, instead of trying to find a solution by creating a new system, they try to find ‘band-aid’ solutions by giving out hand outs to the banks. Some people may say that these meeting are necessary and crucial to helping out the world economy, so why would so many people be against this meeting of world leaders? There are many reasons why we should care about the G20 and this summit.

5 reasons why we should care about the G20, these points come from a great article on the This Magazine website by Jesse Mintz.

1- Gender Justice: The Canadian government has pledged 1 billion dollars over the next five years for maternal health initiatives. (This amount stands in stark contrast with the billion that was spent on security for the upcoming summit) The sad part of this is that Harper has refused to advocate the same rights for the women of the global south, more specifically the right to a safe abortion.

2- Creating a just global economy: The road that the current G8/G20 leaders in conjuncture with the IMF and World Bank are taking us down will simply repeat the economic mistakes of the past. The current economic crisis should impel leaders to implement a more sustainable development model worldwide. This meeting should be an opportunity to push for fair economic trade regulations to help those in the global south.

3- Indigenous rights: The policies of the G8 has consistently marginalized indigenous populations around the world facilitating the transfer of wealth and power from the global south to the political elite. Domestically indigenous communities are dealing with the effects of globalization and neo-liberal economic policies that have devastated their land and exploited their communities. Some indigenous communities in Canada do not even have access to clean water.

4- Environmental Justice: This summit is the first opportunity, since Copenhagen, for leaders to meet and re-evaluate their commitments to reducing carbon emissions and helping poorer countries to adapt to climate change. Canada did receive the Fossil Fuel Award in Copenhagen for being the nation that has done the most to impede global action on climate change. This summit is a perfect opportunity to remind the Harper government that their environmental policy will not stand.

5- Imperialism: The G8 countries are responsible for roughly two thirds of the world’s military spending. They are engaged in a self-serving global war on terror that is militarizing the world. Harper has increased our defense budget while he has made massive cuts to public services, like feminists-minded NGOs and art programs.

There are of course many other valid reasons to be concerned with what will be happening in Toronto next weekend. This is also our time and chance to be able to express our concern for our planet with dissent, our right as citizens in a democratic society. I must admit that it does not feel very democratic that major decisions take place behind closed doors, and that they make sure to block off the population from being anywhere near from this meetings by erecting massive fences and camera systems. It is our right and we must have our voices heard! If you are near Toronto next weekend, why not let the world know how you feel on issues like the ones mentioned above? The power of the people is one that will never be stopped! More posts will follow on the G20, and I will share my experience of being there in the week that will follow…

“To engage in whatever nonviolent actions appeal to us. There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress. We find ourselves today at one of those critical points.”- Howard Zinn


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