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rabble.ca live blogs G20 public hearings Nov 10 and 11

G20 public hearings

On Nov. 10 and 11, 2010, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the National Union of Public and General Employees 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 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.

rabble.ca's Activist Communique blogger, Krystalline Kraus, will be live blogging from the Toronto hearings. Visit rabble.ca beginning 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 10 to follow her live blog.

Click here for more information about the hearings.

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