9th April 2010 Ontario -- London -- Genoa -- Copenhagen -- L'Aquila

- What to do if the police come knockin’
- Anti Prison Demo during G20 in Toronto (Canada)
- Local councillor criticized for saying too much about G20 summit
- Diplomatic immunity doled out to thousands of Toronto visitors as G20 approaches
- Met police to pay G20 protest compensation
- Metropolitan Police admit G20 unlawful arrests
- Tragicomical trials after COP15
- Stop Harassing Our Italian Comrades

What to do if the police come knockin’

Movement Defence Committee: 416 833 6137

If the police question or search you:
- You do not have to identify yourself unless under you are under arrest (except when driving a motor vehicle) and you do not have to answer any questions

- Simply ask the police if they have a warrant; if they do not, tell them you are not going to talk to them. Remember anything you say to police can be used against you, even at a later date. As well, though they may present themselves as wanting to assist with demonstrations and organizing, they are also gathering intelligence to use against our movements. It is best to simply avoid talking to police.

- If they persist, call the legal number and tell the officer you are contacting a lawyer.

- Send an email to us (lawunionMDC@gmail.com) and include details, especially the time, date, location officer’s name or badge number and what they asked.

More: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Repression/Ontario_2010/8330.html

Anti Prison Demo during G20 in Toronto (Canada)

On Sunday, June 27 2010 at 5pm there will be a Demonstration Against Prison in Toronto. Anarchists are organizing the demonstration as a part of the larger mobilization in opposition to the G20 meetings.

This is a statement of our perspective and intention for the demo, more details to come soon.

Prison is everywhere. It is nothing more than a reflection of the society in which we live. A society that resembles an open prison in which the majority of the population is locked up because of the necessity to find money, because of the lack of purpose in life, because of the roles of submission and servitude that are imposed by the ruling values. It is a daily threat and reality that has permeated every facet of society.

Source: http://fireworksforprisons.wordpress.com

Local councillor criticized for saying too much about G20 summit

Adam Vaughan tells police board residents come first

Police board member and local councillor Adam Vaughan received a light reprimand from Board Chair Alok Mukherjee for saying too much to his constituents about plans to police the G20 summit this summer.

The summit, which is to take place in June in Toronto’s downtown core, will involve a massive police presence, and residents and businesses in the city core will be impacted by heightened security.

As a member of the Toronto Police Services Board, Vaughan, the councillor for Trinity-Spadina (Ward 20), has been involved in briefings about how the security will work.

Source: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/cityhall/article/654638--local-councillor-criticized-for-saying-too-much-about-g20-summit

Diplomatic immunity doled out to thousands of Toronto visitors as G20 approaches

While Torontonians will be subject to rigorous security measures for the upcoming G20 summit, it’s a different story for foreign diplomats, for whom the city could become a hedonistic party ground, if they so choose. Hundreds of G20 representatives and their entourages—potentially thousands of people—have just been granted formal diplomatic immunity from now until July 4. That means they can enter the country without having their bags checked, and while here, they can’t be arrested or detained.

Source: http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/summit-survivor/2010/04/03/diplomatic-immunity-doled-out-to-thousands-of-toronto-visitors-as-g20-approaches

Met police to pay G20 protest compensation

The Metropolitan Police are facing a compensation bill of £250,000, after admitting a raid on a climate change group the day after the G20 protests in London last April was illegal.

Police burst into the Convergence Centre in east London carrying taser guns, and handcuffed protesters face down.

The Met Commissioner admitted it was unlawful to arrest, search them, and force them to be recorded on film, but he refused to apologise to the protestors.

This was the day after the big city G20 demonstrations. A large convoy and a heavy handed police presence took up positions around a disused office block.

Source: http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/met%20police%20to%20pay%20g20%20protest%20compensation/3587057 weiter...

Metropolitan Police admit G20 unlawful arrests

By Dominic Casciani

The Metropolitan Police has paid damages to protesters it unlawfully arrested during the G20 protests.

The force paid £6,000 in damages to Hannah McClure and Andrew Rubens who were held during a raid on a squat.

The arrests came about when officers in riot gear broke up a meeting of some 60 climate camp activists during the April 2009 global summit in London.

Solicitors for the pair said that others demonstrators held during the same operation would now sue.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8580344.stm


By AED – EDL (European Democratic Lawyers)

The AED-EDL greets with satisfaction the sentence of the Appeal Court in Genoa recognizing the criminal responsibility of all 44 accused of violence and acts of torture committed against the detainees in the Bolzaneto barracks during the G8-summit in 2001 in Genoa.
Due to the prescription of the crimes, only 8 detainees have been condemned to detention and the accused have not suffered an effective punishment for Italy has not yet adopted a law to punish torture in violation of international agreements.
All the accused have been condemned to compensate the civil parties, amongst them also the parents of some victims, as well as according them important provisional sums. The ministry of Interior, of Defense and Justice have been condemned together with the accused.

Download statement (pdf, 67 KB): http://www.gipfelsoli.org/service/get_file%3Ffile=Bolzaneto_EN.pdf

Tragicomical trials after COP15

At the centre of the trials in Copenhagen against the spokes persons of Climate Justice Action this week is a two meter long bolt cutter. The prosecutor is very upset. Here we have the ultimate proof of the planned violence against the police. By wire tapping telephones and emails and taking note books from the accused it is now possible for the Danish state to tell the truth and threaten people with prison for many years and then expulsion out of the country even if they live or work there. A bolt cutter have been mentioned by one of the accused in a preparation of one of the actions during COP15 to protect the rights of climate refugees. And what can be done with a bolt cutter if not being violent against the police. Is this not what we often see, demonstrators running around in the streets chasing the police while swinging the bolt cutters over their heads.
And it was really true. A bolt cutter, even a huge bolt cutter as long as two meters have been used in a Danish action against the treatments of refugees. A red bolt cutter of paper glued together with wall paper paste. In the eyes of the Danish state the symbolic cutting of the border fences might be considered as violent. To open up the country for such oddities as refugees or, god forgive us, people, or to put it more exactly foreigners, that want to come and express their opinion about a UN Summit, is this not a violent threat against the Danish nation? So why not let the courts see it the same way?

More: http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Repression/Copenhagen_2009/8312.html

Stop Harassing Our Italian Comrades

a group of moscow anarchists attacked cars Italian embassy outside italian school for children of diplomats

Stop Harassing Our Comrades

Since Genova 2001 we have come to understand the oppressive and pro-nazi nature of Italian authorities. The events of this fall-winter once again demonstrate that this is still true. Good and decent people, who have come to protest the anti-human and planet-hostile G8 summit in Italy 2009, became subjects for police repressions a year later (www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/L_Aquila_2009).

As a follow-up, a march against world-wide economic crisis was violently beaten by italian blackshirters riot cops (roma.indymedia.org/node/16959). To add up the pressure on social initiatives and people who try to speak out against the policy that Putin and Berlusconi seem to have agreed upon (i.e., that poor have to pay for the crisis so that rich get richer still), turin police raided local independent media euro-police.noblogs.org/post/2010/02/23/turin-police-raided-radio-blacko.

Source: http://roma.indymedia.org/node/18258