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(en) "Canada", Mohawk Activist Under Attack In OCAP Flaherty Eviction Trial

From Mick <mickblack47@yahoo.com>
Date Thu, 21 Nov 2002 14:08:05 -0500 (EST)


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> From: OCAP <ocap@tao.ca>
> Subject: COURT SUPPORT: MOHAWK ACTIVIST UNDER ATTACK

 ** Please Forward Far and Wide **

MOHAWK ACTIVIST UNDER ATTACK IN OCAP FLAHERTY EVICTION TRIAL

VERDICT AND POSSIBLE SENTENCING FOR SHAWN BRANT

OSHAWA COURTHOUSE, COURTROOM 1,
242 KING STREET EAST
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 9.30 AM

OR

BUS LEAVES OCAP OFFICE, 517 COLLEGE STREET, TORONTO AT 8.00 AM (PLEASE
REGISTER)

    In the James Flaherty eviction trial of OCAP members, the Durham Crown
has chosen to drop the charges against most people.  Mohawk activist,
Shawn Brant, however, has been singled out for some very ugly special
attention.  The Crown is simply arguing that any and all 'wrongdoing' that
is connected with the event can and should be laid at Shawn's feet.  His
lawyer, Peter Rosenthal, stresses that 'no evidence was produced that
Shawn Brant damaged anything in the office, yet it is suggested that he
should be held responsible for the conduct of others present'.

    The implications for those resisting the policies of people like James
Flaherty are as serious as they are obvious.  If some participant in a
political demonstration, selected on the basis of being a 'leader' or on
some other basis, can be held accountable for any and all actions carried
out, then the police and courts will have the ability to pick out and
persecute those they seek to silence.

    We simply cannot allow Shawn to be singled out in this way.  As a
Mohawk who has worked tirelessly to build a link between our struggles and
those of his Nation against poverty and oppression, we have the clearest
responsibility to mobilize on his behalf.  Justice has been denied First
Nations people too long by this Government.  The positions taken by the
State in this case, right down to denying Shawn the right to hunt and feed
his family and others in the community this winter, provide just one more
example of how First Nations people are criminalized and oppressed

    As part of their drive to criminalize OCAP and its supporters, a
special phalanx of guards has been positioned outside the courtroom where
the Flaherty eviction cases have been heard.  We are appealing to everyone
to join us on the 28th and help give their metal detectors a special
workout!

    For more information or to register for the bus, call OCAP at (416)
925-6939

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		   Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
	517 College Street, Suite 234  Toronto, Ontario  M5G 4A2
	     416-925-6939   ocap@tao.ca   www.ocap.ca
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