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(en) Canada, Support the Westmount 19: Trial begins on MONDAY (March 7-11, Montreal)

From la CLAC! <clac@taktic.org>
Date Mon, 7 Mar 2005 08:21:27 +0100 (CET)

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<--> Support the Westmount 19: Trial begins on Monday (March 7-11, MONTREAL)
<--> An appeal for your solidarity and support!
Last May 2004, hundreds of protesters marched to Westmount, as part of an
anti-poverty demonstration organized by CLAC Logement* and the ComitŽ des
sans emploi. There was a heavy police presence that tailed the demo, and
went on to round up various protesters.
According to the evidence disclosed to arrested protesters, one Montreal
police sergeant complained partway through the demo that the police had
yet to arrest anyone ('meme pas une seule arrestation, tabernac!'). In the
end, the police were partially successful in their mass arrest tactic,
detaining approximately 22 protesters, and ticketing others. Some of the
demonstrators ended up spending the weekend in jail before being released.

Nineteen of the people arrested (everyone except the minors) will be going
to trial to fight their charges next week. At least three accused will be
defending themselves. The accused face various charges, including illegal
assembly and mischief.

This e-mail is asking for your support for the Westmount 19. There are two
main ways you can help:

<--> ATTEND COURT: A strong presence in court is a morale boost for the
accused and also sends a clear message to the judge. The Westmount 19
trial takes place from Monday March 7 to Friday, March 11 at Montreal's
Municipal Court in room 1,40. Municipal Court is located at 775 Gosford,
near metro Champ-de-Mars. Court is usually in session between 9:30am to
12:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm. Again, your physical support in court is

<--> DONATIONS: There are various costs associated with this trial,
especially with out-of-town defendants, and self-represented accused. Your
donation, whether $5 or $50, helps. You can donate by making a cheque to
the ÒLibertas Legal CollectiveÓ with ÒWestmount TrialÓ in the memo line.
You can mail cheques to:

Libertas Legal Collective
c/o QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve Street West, Suite 204
Montreal H3G 1N1

If you are sending a donation, please let us know.

Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal. See you in court!

-- The Westmount 19 Support Committee
(clac@taktic.org, 514-409-2049)
* CLAC is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative

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