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Activist Communique: G20 'conspiracy' bail challenge continues Tuesday at Ontario Superior Court

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G20 "conspiracy" bail challenge continues at Ontario Superior Court

When: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Start time: 10:00 a.m. Where: Ontario Superior Court at 361 University Avenue between Dundas & Queen Street.

For exact courtroom location, look for "Singh, Jaggi" on the court roll.

 If you oppose the restrictive bail conditions imposed on all G20 "conspiracy" defendants - ban on demonstrations, house arrest, non-association, ban on passports and cellphones, and more -- we ask that you attend court in large numbers this TUESDAY.

The bail review might continue on Wednesday and Thursday, but we'll provide more details after the Tuesday hearing, which this time is expected to last most of the day. We are hoping as many people as possible can attend the beginning of the hearings on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (approx) and then again from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (approx).

BACKGROUND:

This week, starting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, one of the 19 remaining co-accused in the G20 conspiracy case will be challenging all bail conditions imposed as conditions of release from prison.

The restrictive and onerous conditions include house arrest, non-association with various individuals and groups, the inability to possess a passport or to use a cell phone, and more. Other co-accused face even more restrictive curfews and house arrest conditions. In sum, the bail conditions are meant to keep defendants isolated and marginalized from their communities of support.

The conditions themselves constitute punishment of fellow community organizers before they've even had a trial.

Significantly, the bail conditions include a ban on participating, organizing or attending "any public demonstration." These restrictive conditions have been used to jail co-accused Alex Hundert for simply speaking at a university panel. Alex remains in detention, and is expected to remain in detention until at least January/February 2011.

Jaggi Singh, a member of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) and No One Is Illegal-Montreal, and a co-accused in the G20 conspiracy case, has been under house arrest conditions for four months. This Tuesday, with the support of Toronto lawyer Peter Rosenthal as well as other allies, he will ask that all conditions be rescinded.

Jaggi's court application is supported by various witnesses and affidavits. Part of the application includes an extended affidavit by Bryan Palmer, an historian of labour and social movements.

PEN Canada will also be intervening in the case in support of rescinding the  "no demonstration" condition. In their words: "Preventing someone from participating in a public demonstration does nothing to ensure the safety of a single Canadian."

The Ligue des droits et libertés from Québec also issued a public statement in support of Jaggi's challenge. They describe the bail conditions as "draconian" and "an abusive interpretation" of the Charter, "contrary to the presumption of innocence."

We strongly encourage you to "demonstrate" (pardon the word) in court and to the public that there is a community of support that rejects the bail conditions that have been imposed on our friends and allies. So, if you can, please attend court this Tuesday, Nov. 30, whether for 30 minutes, or the whole day.

[NOTE: There is a compulsory search before entering the Court building; the search includes emptying your pockets, going through a metal detector, as well as a x-ray scan of any bag or package you're bringing into the building.]

TO STAY IN TOUCH, and for updates:

--La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes, CLAC (Montreal): blocampmontreal@gmail.com - www.clac2010.net

--Community Solidarity Network (Toronto): community.mobilize@resist.ca - http://g20.torontomobilize.org/

RELATED ARTICLES/STATEMENTS:

--PEN Canada: http://www.pencanada.ca/library/media2010/G20_bail_intervention-10nov10.pdf

--La Ligue des droits et libertés:  http://www.liguedesdroits.ca/assets/files/comm-conditions-liberations-jaggi-16nov2010(1).doc

-- rabble.ca (November 16): http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/johnbon/2010/11/interview-g20-defendant-jaggi-singh-challenges-his-bail-conditions 

SUPPORTERS AND MEDIA can get updates about what's happening at court on Tuesday and afterwards by phoning Jessica Denyer (Community Solidarity Network) at 416-708-3195, Craig Fortier (No One Is Illegal-Toronto) at 416-735-0409, or Blandine Juchs (La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes, CLAC) at 438-838-8498.

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