A man accused of being a ringleader of the vandalism seen during the G20 summit protests in Toronto this summer was forced to sign strict bail conditions that bar him from speaking to the media, nearly two dozen people and members of several organizations, his family says.
Alex Hundert, 30, faces three counts of conspiracy pertaining to G20 activities. His family says Mr. Hundert initially refused to sign the stringent bail conditions —the likes of which one expert says he’s never seen before...
On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Inderpaul Chandhoke clarified Mr. Hundert’s bail terms, including the no-demonstration rule, which forbids him from speaking to the media, planning, participating in, or attending any public event that expresses views on a political issue.
Mr. Hundert, who is under house arrest, also cannot post “anything public” on the Internet, Mr. Norris said.
Police rounded up more than 1,000 people during the G20, in the largest mass arrests in Canadian history. Of those, only 300 were charged and several have already had their charges withdrawn. Spokespeople for the Ontario Attorney-General could not be reached late Thursday evening to confirm the exact number of people who still face charges.
Alex Hundert’s words will not appear in this story. Unlike other Canadians, he’s not allowed to speak to the press. At least that’s how a court interpreted the new bail conditions placed on Hundert, an accused ringleader of violence during the G20 summit in June. ...
Hundert, 30, faces three counts of conspiracy pertaining to G20 activities, and was released in July on $100,000 bail with about 20 terms, including not participating in any public demonstration. Shortly after his release, the Crown filed an appeal to revoke his bail. Superior Court Justice Todd Ducharme ruled against that appeal.
On Sept. 17, shortly after Ducharme’s decision, Hundert was arrested for participating in a panel discussion at Ryerson University — which police deemed to be a public demonstration.
On Wednesday Hundert agreed to the new, more stringent, bail conditions.
They include a clarification of the no-demonstration rule, to include a restriction on planning, participating in, or attending any public event that expresses views on a political issue.
Justice of the Peace Inderpaul Chandhoke told the court the new conditions also restrict Hundert from speaking to the media.
"true -- probably wears the sunglasses while looking at himself in the mirror!!!"
"officer bubbles probably looks at himself in the mirror a lot."
"It's a shame that the police are becoming uniformed bullies. It's bad when the local people tell them to leave their community."
"Nice going Officer Josephs, you are a real hero and a true testament to the sorry state of law enforcemtn here in Canada, and a fine example of the kind of policing peaceful people had to endure during the G20 farce."
"'From our client's perspective, he was performing his duty as a police officer in what was an extremely volatile time at the summit,' said Const. Josephs' lawyer, James Zibarras.
While he said Const. Josephs' actions at the summit can be subject to criticism, 'that reaction had this massive backlash that we say is disproportionate and incommensurate to what happened, and started getting to the point where it included threats.'"
"The Toronto Street Medics is an independent organization of volunteers with various levels of health training. We provided preventative health services and first aid to protesters and bystanders.
We gave out water and sunscreen, but we also dealt with severe injuries. All of the serious injuries we treated were inflicted by the police. While violence against property received a great deal of coverage, violence against people -- broken bones, cracked heads and eyes filled with pepper spray - has yet to feature prominently in any mainstream media. Our teams of medics witnessed and treated people who had been struck in the head by police batons, had lacerations from police shields and had been trampled by police horses.
Street Medics faced barriers in many instances. We witnessed people being seriously injured behind police lines who could not be assisted. Our concern for these individuals is immense. Several medics were detained by police and intimidated, despite identifying themselves. Medical equipment, such as gauze, band aids and gloves, was confiscated. We were intimidated and made to feel that what we were doing was illegal. In fact, we were simply providing first-aid.”
"Sarah Reaburn spoke on behalf of Toronto Street Medics, a small group that trained about 100 volunteers to provide first aid to injured demonstrators.
Reaburn, a nurse and counsellor at the Hassle Free Clinic, alleged that street medics were targeted and harassed by police as they tried to provide first aid. Several, including an EMS worker, were detained. One faces multiple charges, she said, including possession of a concealed weapon for carrying bandage shears.
Reaburn said the volunteers prepared for 'extremely challenging situations' but did not anticipate the seriousness of the 'hundreds' of injuries they faced, including broken arms, lacerations from riot shields and a shattered finger.
Reaburn said she was cut while giving first aid. She also treated a young man with a head injury who was showing symptoms of shock after being hit by a police baton.
'Despite numerous requests of police to assist us in transferring him, we were unable to get him transferred to EMS,' she said. 'I ended up transferring him with assistance on a sandwich board, which we had taken from a store, and then we loaded him on the back of a vegetable truck' to get him to an ambulance.
The medics continue their work, helping arrested individuals retrieve medication that disappeared during their detention." *
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