Toronto organizer Alex Hundert coerced into signing ‘unprecedented’ gag condition after spending four weeks in prison for speaking on a university panel. Report includes interview filmed with Hundert prior to the speaking ban went into effect.
On Tuesday October 12, hundreds of people gathered to protest the appalling repression that is faced by Alex Hundert, one of the organizers that are being prosecuted for being “ringleaders” of the G20 violence (as if black blockers ever had ringleaders…). Here is the video:
On Thursday, Alex Hundert was coerced, under threat of solitary confinement until his trial, into signing infuriatingly ridiculous bail conditions, which include -among other onerous things- a prohibition of expressing …political opinions!
I’m reposting from the TCMN website (bold and italics are mine). See also this article by The Star.
ALEX HUNDERT THREATED WITH SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, DENIED ACCESS TO LAWYER, FORCED TO CONSENT TO EGREGIOUS BAIL CONDITIONS
Thursday October 14, Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – Less than 24 hours after refusing to sign outrageous bail conditions which included not expressing political views in public and non-associations intended to further isolate him, Alex Hundert was forced to consent to his release.
On the night of Wednesday October 14th, Alex was told by the security manager at the Toronto East Detention Centre that he had to sign the bail conditions or face solitary confinement in “the hole”, without access to phone calls or writing paper. He was put in solitary confinement after an initial confrontation with correction staff where he resisted initial attempts to make him sign. He was denied the right to call his lawyer, and told that if he didn’t sign now, they would revoke the bail offer and he would be held in solitary confinement until his eventual release from prison.
Coerced into signing these conditions, Alex was thrown out of Toronto East and left to find his own way home to his sureties’ house. The prison authorities forced him into a position where he could potentially be accused of further breaching his bail. Alex is now back on house arrest with an enforced curfew, with non-associations with co-accused and members of SOAR, AWOL, 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 issues.
Over the past week, Alex has experienced a particularly malicious targeting. Last week, the criminal injustice system made the ludicrous finding that Alex had breached his previous ‘no-demonstration’ bail condition by speaking on a panel because he was supposedly engaging in the same kind of “behaviour that he exhibited in meetings leading up to the G20.” Then, he was forced to take a stand to go back to jail by refusing to sign fundamentally unjust and repressive bail conditions. And now, his right to refuse to accept such a blatant violation of his freedom to express political views and his freedom to associate has been further attacked through coercive and punitive attempts to force his own release.
In a previously published media statement, Alex has stated “They are targeting me because I am part of communities that are effectively organizing across movements. Whether it is the criminalization of anarchists and community organizers like me, or the daily demonization of Indigenous peoples, poor people and migrant communities, we have to show them that our resolve and our solidarity can be stronger than their intimidation and repression.”
Alex’s family, friends and allies are outraged and upset by the harassment and coercion Alex faced after refusing to set a dangerous precedent for our broader movements by choosing not to consent to egregious bail conditions. Outrage has been building across the country as the implications of politically-motivated G20 conspiracy charges become clear. The Crown, the prison, the police and the corporate and colonial interests they represent are clearly afraid of what we think and say, not only what we do.
Rallies in Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto on Tuesday echoed with chants of “this is what a demonstration looks like” (See video from Toronto: http://bit.ly/dzI9M0). We continue to strengthen our resolve, and will fight these trumped-up charges until the end. One hundred conspiracy charges were dropped today against Montreal organizers arrested at gunpoint during a morning raid at the University of Toronto on June 27th. We cannot be silenced or intimidated, our resistance will only increase as we keep organizing for liberation for all people, especially those who daily bear the brunt of police, state, and corporate oppression.
Please stay posted for further updates.
For more information contact Jonah Hundert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the press release from last week, please read http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/549 and for further background information on Alex’s arrest and the numerous attempts by the police and Crown to throw him back in jail, read this press release: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/504
For ongoing G20 defence and fundraising visit: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/
Canada braces for the coming day of Monday October 11th, when thousands of demonstrations will be taking place on campuses all around the country.
The Canadian student movement received a massive boost in numbers today, by a court ruling that found Alex Hundert to have breached his “no demonstration” bail condition for speaking as an invited panellist at two recent university events. Following this historic ruling, it is only reasonable to say that any student, faculty member or invited speaker participating in any public lecture on campus is to be legally regarded as a participator in a demonstration.
It is yet to be clarified if there will be increased police presence in classrooms, and whether campus police units will be receiving additional funding for riot gear and training.