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G8/G20 Summit Security a Waste of Money

Von: Dan Clore (clore@columbia-center.org) [Profil]
Datum: 01.06.2010 09:47
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
G8, G20 summit security a waste of money, anarchists say
by Max Harrold
CanwestNews Service

MONTREAL -- Anarchists in Montreal say the $930-million security tab to
be incurred by Canadians for the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits in the
Toronto area is not only is a waste of money; the plan, itself is
"psychological warfare" meant to deter protesters.

Speaking at the 11th annual Montreal anarchist book fair Saturday,
several attendees criticized the federal government for spending such a
sum to keep protesters at bay.

Jaggi Singh, 29, a book fair organizer who said he is planning to
protest against the summits, dismissed the meetings as places "where
rich men and women defend their interests against other rich men and women."

News about the massive security at the summits, far greater in terms of
cost than previous summits, is "psychological warfare" meant to deter
protesters. It won't work, he said. "We do have a permit to protest,"
added Singh. "It's called the Charter of Rights."

Adrienne Pan, who sat under a sign reading ‘Space Invaders Against
Racism' and manned a kiosk displaying various zines, or self-published
magazines, was critical of security plans for the leaders' summits June
25 and 26 in Huntsville, Ont., and June 26 and 27 in Toronto.

"It's oppressive, really," said Ms. Pan, 28. "That's not going to help
anyone. It's totally an excuse to cut into social programs that do help

The huge security effort includes 10,000 police officers, private guards
and soldiers. In part, their jobs will be to keep protesters -- many of
them self-styled anarchists -- from defacing or destroying public and
private property.

Ron Sakolsky, a bookseller from British Columbia, said anarchism
promotes individual self-determination and mutual aid. That is not what
the G8 and G20 meetings accomplish, he said. "I don't even think these
meetings should exist," Mr. Sakolsky, 65, said.

His kiosk mate Andrea Langlois added: "Why is a broken window at a Gap
store or an RBC bank outlet or the Bay worth more than the lives of
people dying in Iraq or Afghanistan?"

Montreal Gazette

Dan Clore

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Skipper: No one?
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