Montebello 2007: Police dress up in black as protesters and throw rocks at the Police injuring a protester. They are caught and it makes international news. But nothing happens to them or their bosses or the politicians that ordered it. There is no public inquiry–no accountability. Apparently it is legal to start a riot for political purposes as long as you are an agent of the government…
June 2010: Marc Emery sits in jail–extradited to the USA for his political beliefs by Stephen Harper and Rob Nicholson. Jacob Hunter is assaulted by police outside the Justice Ministers constituency office. Somehow the police claim that Jacob assaulted the police… There’s video proving otherwise (check out the 5 minute mark). How are the charges still being pursued? How is the officer still employed? Why did the police respond at all? and why so quick? As a security guard that has worked on movie sets all over the Greater Vancouver area, I have called 9-1-1 many times. Usually it takes a very long time for police to respond even for an assault–especially in poor areas. I once called the police from Shaunesy (one of the richest neighborhoods in the country) and three police cars came within a couple minutes… But this lightning response to no crime or threat takes the cake.
And about the idea that Jacob Hunter’s camera is a weapon–you bet it is! (just not a violent one : D ). If Jacob Hunter’s cell phone was a weapon, or the officer felt threatened by it or Hunter, then he shouldn’t have turned his back on him. The officer should have dealt with the threat immediately, the fact that he didn’t proves that the officer was just looking for a technicality to arrest the protesters. That isn’t policing–its politicking.
2010: Stephen Harper announces a plan to remove billions in spending from programs that reduce crime–like education, welfare, medicine–and spend it instead on prisons and enforcement of laws that only affect those that vote for parties other than the Conservatives… The more crime–the greater the fear of crime or anger about crime (thanks to the corporate funded media)–the more votes for the corporate agenda… Sad isn’t it?
G8 Toronto 2010:
Border patrol stops people from entering Canada because of their political beliefs.
Police, with a billion dollar budget round up thousands of innocent political protesters, and illegally search anyone they please. The police outnumber the protesters by 2-1 in many areas.
Groups of protesters are arbitrarily charged at and attacked without warning or provocation by the police. There was no reason to move them–no justification for an action that may lead to the injury of a police officer, protester or bystander. This wasn’t about safety and security or law and order…
Police surround peaceful protesters that are singing the national anthem, and pepper-spray and beat these innocent people and then arrest then for being where they are–even though the police won’t let them leave–and they have every right to be there and protest peacefully.
Anyone with a camera is targeted and pushed away to hide the actions of the police. Unmarked vans pull up and throw random people in the back kicking and screaming and speed off–like something out of a movie about resistance to a violent military regime… Like Burma in 2007.
A small group dressed in black with a media friendly name the “Black Bloc” rampages through the Toronto without any police response whatsoever–in fact the police stand by as the riot starts–then retreat to let it happen. Remember, the police outnumber the protesters by 2-1 in many areas… Many cameras get close but the police somehow cannot–or will not…
The rioters have no cause, no message, no strategy–they aren’t protesting–just destroying things for the TV cameras. All over the world people are thinking what a bunch of lunatics and radicals the protesters are (all of them). The only political movement that benefits from this violence is Stephen Harper’s corporate conservatism…
The rioters go to the “free speech” zone (the whole country) and take off their masks and dark clothes and just walk away. Other videos show plain clothes people under the protection of the police, beating protesters with their batons. Why do the rioters never get identified or charged, but the peaceful protesters get attacked and beaten? Hmmm…
With Stephen Harper and the media so eager to save the country from terrorists and evil-doers, why have they not labeled the Black Bloc “terrorists”? I guess Harper only disagrees with terrorism when the terrorists are brown… or maybe they’re not terrorists–but cops?
The media ignores the peaceful protest and the reasons for it–like always. Why is the story always about violence? Why doesn’t the media report on what is going on? There is obviously lots of interest. There is obviously lots at stake if the G8/20 meetings need such high security that we will suspend the rights of all Canadians to host it. So why not cover the issues instead of “violent protests”?
Stories begin to break through alternative and social media. The reliance on the internet is what the corporatists want. They own the system. President Obama just signed into the law the right to shut down the internet–shut down dissent. This is full scale political war–and we’re losing.
The police were quoting phony laws–lying to people to violate their rights. And what happened to anyone who called there bluff? They were arrested for disobeying a lawful order (which wasn’t lawful)–or trespassing (even though they weren’t)–or resisting arrest (which couldn’t be a lawful arrest) for breaching the peace before it was breached (cause cops have time machines).
The really disturbing part is that there is no defense against the police making up laws. How can a citizen assert that they have knowledge to the contrary about a made-up law? The police now have claimed the right to tell you to do anything and force you to comply with every order they make… Shouldn’t a single instance of an officer making up a law and infringing upon the rights of protesters be enough to end that officer’s career for good? How can this be perpetrated on us all by those that claim to serve and protect us?
The police are literally making their own laws in Canada. This is unconstitutional–the people make the laws through our local representatives. The actions of the police are criminal. Even rape was threatened…
Flashback Vancouver 2009: A man is killed by police. It is caught on camera. The phone is seized and an officer erases the evidence of his crime. Without the video, no wrong doing can be proven.
Robert Dziekański: If it wasn’t for the video that proved each officer involved was a liar, most Canadians would have believed that four heavily armed cops were threatened by a stapler. Remember how the police refused to release the video of their crime and the photographer had to get a court order? Remember how at first the “thorough and complete” investigation showed the officers “acted within the law in the performance of their duties”? even though the video clearly shows, if you don’t know the context, what looks like a man being executed in seconds. Thank G_d all four “bad apples” happened to be on duty in the same place and at the same time…
Two Vancouver City police officers show up at a man’s house, drag him onto the lawn and severely beat him. The man could have easily died. The only reason this often repeated story makes news is that the police got the wrong guy–the police were supposed to beat the man in the basement suite. If they had got the right guy they would have claimed he resisted arrest and the officers would never be disciplined or even suspected of wrongdoing because we all know cops follow the law–they’re the “good guys”, and of course the good guys should be rough with the bad guys–especially before they are proven guilty of anything in a court of law.
A choice is before us all. This is either the end of political freedom in Canada, or the beginning of the end of Stephen Harper’s corporate agenda. This isn’t a false alarm. This is the full scale criminalization of political dissent and it must be stopped before we lose the right to protest–or disagree–altogether.
We must push Stephen Harper back across the border and begin a public inquiry into the attempts by these forces to alter the laws and culture of Canada, to turn citizens into captive customers that can be rounded up at will for being one of the 70% of Canadians that doesn’t share Stephen Harper’s backwards, oppressive views.
But all of this is a logical argument, and unfortunately most people make emotional decisions and only use logic to justify those decisions to their egos or peers. Just click on the videos again and tell me: who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? Especially watch this one.
Who’s side are you on? The side of Canadians–or corporations? The police–or the law?