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article imageActivist organization condemns Toronto police chief Bill Blair

By Andrew Moran     Jun 30, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The Toronto Community Mobilization Network (TCMN), the organization that publicizes events and demonstrations, has stated that it condemns police chief Bill Blair and his officers for actions over the past G20 summit.
On Tuesday, Toronto police chief Bill Blair delivered a press conference to discuss the hundreds of arrests that took place, the G20 temporary detention centre in the eastern part of the city and the alleged violent arrests by the police force.
A group of hecklers outside of the press conference called for his resignation over the actions of the police from Jun. 25 to Jun. 27. However, those who yelled for his resignation were asked to leave.
On Wednesday, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network stated in a press release that they are calling for Blair’s resignation because of the police department’s continuation of its “public relations campaign to silence and criminalize the work of those speaking out against the G20.”
Hundreds gathered at the Toronto police headquarters to protest against the police s treatment of pr...
Hundreds gathered at the Toronto police headquarters to protest against the police's treatment of protesters, journalists and citizens.
The activist organization states that Blair’s accusation of the group being a violent organization “cannot hide the way that the Toronto Police Service and their partners in the Integrated Security Unit displayed a gross abuse of power and incompetency.”
The group is, according to TCMN, made up of those in poverty, those working as community members, those who are marginalized and those working to defend the rights and freedoms of everyday citizens.
“These people are angry that G8/G20 policies are creating social injustice and environmental destruction in their communities and elsewhere. As a diverse network, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network acknowledges that people have autonomy and will decide for themselves how they show and convey their frustration, and the strategies they use to effect change.”
TCMN demands that those who were arrested to be treated as human beings and be given the right to due process instead of the police criminalizing “lawful dissent.”
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