[Please note these two separate releases are regarding G20 defendant Alex Hundert but was not written by, for, or on behalf of Alex Hundert, as per his egregious and unjust bail conditions to not express any political views and no indirect posting to the internet. Furthermore, no indirect or direct communication has taken place between Alex and others in the drafting of these releases. The date for the appeal has now been set for
Nov 18th-19th, 2010]
1) Alex Hundert files appeal of gag order bail conditions in Ontario Superior Court
2) AW@L Denounces Ongoing G20 Political Targeting, Free All Prisoners!
G20 defendant Alex Hundert files appeal of gag order bail conditions in Ontario Superior Court
October 20, 2010, Toronto – G20 defendant Alex Hundert appears in an Ontario Superior Court today to submit an application for review of his restrictive bail conditions. These conditions include non-associations with a large number of his friends and fellow social justice activists, as well as the imposed restrictions of no direct or indirect posting to the internet; no assisting, planning, or attending any public meeting or march; and no expressing of views on a political issue.
According to Natalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association “Bail conditions ought not to go so far as to prevent people from expressing their point of view. By only releasing dissenters on the condition that they refrain from publicly expressing their opinions, the government appears to be silencing its critics.”
Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti has called these new set of bail conditions “chilling.” Georgetti says, “The court has gone way too far in restricting Mr. Hundert’s rights.”
The Canadian Association of Journalists, the largest professional organization for journalists from all media, has also added its voice to the chorus of those saying the Ontario Justice of the Peace’s bail conditions went too far.
Hundert is facing politically-motivated conspiracy and counseling charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests. He was arrested preemptively at gunpoint 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.
Hundert was re-arrested on September 17th after speaking at a panel discussion. He remained in jail for almost one month awaiting a hearing, and on October 7 Hundert was unreasonably found to be in breach of his previous no-demonstration bail condition for speaking as an invited panellist at two forums at Ryerson University and Wilfrid-Laurier
According to Judy Rebick, organizer of the Ryerson University event and co-panelist, “The draconian bail restrictions on Alex Hundert are an attempt to silence and vilify him. No supporter of democracy can stand for such an assault on civil rights.”
“These bail conditions and the politically-motivated conspiracy charge is setting a dangerous precedent in the intensifying criminalization of political speech since the G-20 protest. This is an attempt to intimidate and harass and is a serious assault on freedom of expression and the right to assemble,” further states Gary Kinsman, a Professor at Laurentian University.
When Hundert was faced with the new bail conditions on October 12th, he refused to sign them. According to his brother Jonah Hundert “It is my understanding that Alex was forced to sign these conditions under duress by prison authorities on October 13th. It is extremely troubling to me that the Crown, presumably under the direction of Attorney-General Chris Bentley, is going to such lengths to silence Alex.”
AW@L Denounces Ongoing G20 Political Targeting, Free All Prisoners!
Today, Wednesday Oct.-20-10, AW@L member Alex Hundert will be in court setting in motion his appeal of both the ludicrous finding that his participation in a university panel constituted a breach of his bail, and the resulting draconian bail conditions he was forced to sign under threat of solitary confinement.
Alex has been back on house arrest for almost one week with an enforced curfew, with non-associations with co-accused and members of SOAR, AW@L, NOII and other community organizers. He also has the additionally imposed restrictions of no direct or indirect posting to the internet, no assisting, planning, or attending any public meeting or march, and no expressing of views on a political issue. If it was not clear before that
the G20 security forces were policing thought, this should assist in stamping out any confusion. They are scared of community justice, while attempting to discredit, disempower, and imprison community members.
This is not just about Alex. While he is facing a total gag order, others are still in jail including Indigenous sovereignty activist Ryan Rainville of the Sackimay Nation, some face deportation, and others are still being rounded up and arrested on political charges. Seven AW@L members have been taken away from our community by the state on political charges of conspiracy. Many others share these charges, while hundreds face other charges by the state. Targeting community organizers is part of the state’s desired culture of fear, and it is intended to weaken our growing and thriving social and environmental justice movement, to isolate effective and vocal community activists, and to criminalize dissent against the violent policies of the G20 that perpetuate environmental degradation, militarization, labour exploitation, and theft of Indigenous lands that wreaks misery for the world’s majority.
While the panic surrounding the G20 protests has pushed forward the criminalization of resistance, we also continue to witness the intensification of repressive state practices and criminalization against immigrants and refugees, Indigenous people, queer and trans folks, and communities living in poverty. Police repression of culture or political dissent is also found in every racially segregated city and reserve across Turtle Island, it is found in Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Afghanistan, Palestine, and other targets of the neo-colonial ravages of neoliberal economies.
In the past few years we have been accumulating victories, and our communities have become stronger. Our effectiveness is seen in these victories and by the targeting and harassment aimed towards us by the state and its cruel actors. But we will not be defeated by these attacks; our communities and our ideas are stronger than their batons, sound
cannons, and propaganda. While we prepare for future mobilizations, please feel free to voice your dissent directly to Attorney General Chris Bentley, and encourage others to do the same. AW@L unites in solidarity with the prisoners of the G20 and all political and economic prisoners. We call for your support in this struggle, as it is a shared struggle.