Court Appearance: Tues Sep 21 at 2201 Finch Courthouse 9:30 am
Pre-trial punishment of community organizers who mobilized around the G20
September 21, 2010 – Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – Today, G20 defendant and alleged ‘ringleader’ Alex Hundert will appear briefly in the 2201 Finch Toronto courthouse, to set dates for a lengthy bail hearing regarding allegations that he has breached his current bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. Hundert was arrested by seven police officers on Friday September 17 as he was returning from speaking on a panel at Ryerson University titled “Strengthening Our Resolve: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda.” Based on Hundert’s participation as a panelist at two recent events, both on university campuses, the police are alleging that he is in violation of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration.
The court hearing today will be focused on setting his bail hearing dates. Until then, Hundert will remain in detention, extending the pre-trial punishment of community organizers who mobilized around the G20. Hundert is currently facing politically-motivated conspiracy and counselling charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests. He was arrested preemptively at gunpoint in a violent house raid on the morning of June 26th, before the protests began, and is being targeted as a member of the community group AW@L and Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance.
“Being thrown back in jail illegitimately and maliciously in no way dampens my resolve, in fact it only strengthens it and I am resolute to continue fighting” said Alex Hundert from jail. “I hope that while I am in jail as many people as possible will continue building movements and building relationships across struggles, and will continue to push back
against the system and its norms of domination.”
This arrest is a blatant attempt to stifle dissent. It is also not the first time the Crown has attempted to send Hundert back to jail. On July 28, 2010 the Ontario Provincial Police warned Hundert that media interviews him and his co-accused Leah Henderson did with CBC radio, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Media Co-op, and Rabble were a violation of the no
demonstration bail condition and threatened to re-jail them. A day later at a press conference, Hundert and his supporters decried this media ban as a blatant violation of his right to free speech and of freedom of the press. On August 20, the Crown had appealed Hundert and Henderson’s release from jail in the Ontario Superior Court and was seeking pre-trial incarceration. However Federal Court judge Todd Ducharme dismissed the Crown’s appeal.
Five other G20 defendants remain behind bars, including Indigenous sovereignty activist Ryan Rainville of the Sackimay Nation. The daily impunity and violence of the police is further highlighted through the current coroner’s inquest for Byron Debassige. Byron, a 28-year old Indigenous man, was shot five times in the chest and killed by Toronto
Police on February 16, 2008.
For more information please contact: Jonah Hundert – 416-912-8593, Rachel Avery 519 616 5549