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(en) Canada, Hamilton, Media:

Date Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:23:29 +0300


A Hamilton anarchist has described the 'creepy' moment he was approached by two members of the RCMP [police] about his role in the G20 protests. ---- A., a PhD student and teacher's assistant at McMaster University and a founding member of Common Cause, an anarchist movement with a Hamilton chapter, said he was disturbed by the impromptu meeting outside a west Hamilton grocery store during which the officers mentioned his wife and child. ---- He feels the RCMP would have had to follow him to know his whereabouts. ---- "I wasn't shocked, because I know this is what spy agencies do to dissenters," said the 29-year-old self-described peaceful protester. "But I would have expected them to knock at my door. It was creepy because they were trying to be friendly about it, but there is nothing friendly about intimidation."

During the brief meeting last week, he said the officers showed him ID but would not give their names. They wrote their phone number on a piece of paper when he refused to speak to them.

"They were trying to make me feel that exercising my democratic right to protest is somehow illegal or criminal by flashing a badge and by mentioning that they know I have a wife and young child."

A group called the Summit Legal Project says it has tracked 28 incidents similar to what he described across Canada over the past three months.

The meeting won't deter him from the G20 protests in Toronto. He said he will still be attending with approximately four busloads of Hamiltonians.

"The G20 is about global elites meeting together to strategize how they can increase their power by putting in policies that destroy workers' rights, destroy the environment and cut back social services," he said.

"But I think (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper knows people are angry about the state of the world otherwise they wouldn't have to hold their meeting behind fencing and $1.2 billion worth of security."

A press release from Common Cause's Ottawa chapter described the group: "As anarchists, we support the building of revolutionary, democratic, mass movements that will challenge capitalism directly through labour and community organizing and mass direct action such as strikes, picket lines and occupations."

Meanwhile, CSIS director Richard Fadden told CBC's The National last night that gathered intelligence suggests a terrorist attack is unlikely but "anarchist groups" and "multi-issue extremists" are getting ready for action.

He says anyone interested in getting their issues in front of the public will be in Toronto during the summits to take advantage of world media coverage.

A CSIS spokesperson said in an e-mail to The Spectator: "Our role for the G8/G20 Summit is to advise the government of potential security threats to Canada and Canadian interests. CSIS is continuously assessing the potential for violence resulting from the activities of certain groups and individuals leading up to, during and after the Summit. We do not publicly discuss specific operational activities or interests."
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