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article imageGlobal demonstrations to protest U.S. imprisonment of Dr. York Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 23, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Demonstrations took place in New York, Trinidad, Barbados, Washington, London and across the world. In Toronto, protests were established in front of the United States Consulate and Yonge-Dundas Square to protest the “injustice” of York's imprisonmen
International support of Dr. Malachi York
In September and October of 2009, Digital Journal reported on demonstrations that occurred worldwide whereby protesters would dress up in prison jumpsuits, wearing handcuffs, duct tape pasted on their mouths and with one sitting in a prison cell, while several people would hand out flyers and information about Dr. Malachi York.
Protests have been setup all over the world, including Jamaica, South Korea, several African Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. These demonstrations have made people curious as to who Malachi York is and why are there people wearing prison attire?
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Toronto’s demonstrations for the influential scholar
On Tuesday, a group of demonstrators stood in front of the U.S. consulate in Toronto and at the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street, near Yonge-Dundas Square, to protest, as the group says, the injustice that has been brought to York and the people similar to him.
Despite the heavy rains, the group of activists marched from the U.S. consulate to one of the city’s most popular squares. Supporters of York passed along flyers and other information for those who were interested. Some had conversations about York and other international current event issues.
Supporters of the 65-year-old writer held signs stating, “U.S. officials, set an example for your citizens respect MLK – Project: Rise up,” “Africa needs Mr. York Home, “Free Dr. Malachi York” and “We need to stand up for those respected individuals, who should never be forgotten – Project: Rise Up.”
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be ...
Global demonstrations took place to protest the imprisonment of Malachi York who many believe to be innocent of his charges. Some think that his arrest is part of a grander scheme.
Why protest? What’s the reason?
In May 2002, York was arrested on child molestation charges and in Apr. 2004, York, a musician, was sentenced to 135 years in prison. The group claims that York is being illegally detained in Florence ADMAX, alleged to be one of the most dangerous prisons in the United States.
One of the protest’s organizers, Tristen Coffey, explained to Digital Journal in an-email that Tuesday’s global demonstration had two main themes that had to deal with the U.S. justice system and their “unlawful” conduct.
“First, the fact that Dr. York was convicted on Martin Luther King Day which is a federal holiday and in violation of title 5 USC § 6103,” said Coffey. “Second, we have singled out the main U.S. officials who are responsible for the illegal raid on the Nuwaubian property and the unlawful kidnapping and torture of Dr. York.”
Coffey further stated that since October, there have been two books written on the scholar, a full legal historical account of York’s ordeal and a documentary.
What happens next?
The next major event is on Aug. 27, 2010 where a worldwide demonstration titled “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Violated Awareness Month: Citizens Against Officials Violating The Law” will be held. The protest’s primary location will be at the Capitol Hill in Washington.
For more information visit Project: Rise Up’s website.
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