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Michelle
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posted 27 November 2006 11:54 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just got this by e-mail. It's too late to go to his bail hearing, but what the hell is up with this? Arrested for attending a press conference!?

For Immediate Release

Jaggi Singh faces 6 months of jail time for attending Harper press conference

-->Press point at Singh's bail hearing
Monday, November 27, 2:30pm
Montreal municipal court, 775 Gosford street
Room R-40

Contact: Louise-Caroline Bergeron, Block the Empire: 514-378-2511
Jared Will, Jaggi Singh's legal advisor: 514-806-6260

Montreal, November 27 - Well-known social justice activist Jaggi Singh is facing a potential 6 months in prison following his arrest at the Montreal General Hospital on Friday, November 24, just prior to a press conference by Stephen Harper. Singh was aggressively removed by Montreal police officers from the room where he and other anti-war organizers were waiting to ask Harper questions. The Crown is pushing to deny Singh bail on Monday, and keep him in preventative custody until May, at which point he would stand trial.

Singh and over two dozen other members of local anti-war group Block the Empire were on hand to raise the issues of Canada's ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, Harper's support for Israeli war crimes in Lebanon over the summer, and Conservative cutbacks to social programs for women and the poor. "Publicly challenging our elected leaders is a fundamental right in a democratic society. The fact that the crown wants to deny Jaggi Singh bail and hold him in jail for 6 months for simply attending a press conference is unjust and ridiculous," says Louise-Caroline Bergeron, a spokesperson for Block the Empire. Singh will have his bail hearing on Monday, November 27 at 2:30pm at the Montreal municipal court, 775 Gosford street, room R-40.

Contact: 514-378-2511
bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca


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Fidel
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posted 27 November 2006 12:48 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
FREE JAGGI SINGH! and the Cuban five It's typical of subserviant colonial administratorships to overreact to the smallest challenges to weak stoogocratic authority.

[ 27 November 2006: Message edited by: Fidel ]


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unionist
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posted 27 November 2006 12:58 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Before I agree to "FREE JAGGI SINGH", I'd like to know what he was charged with.
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Fidel
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posted 27 November 2006 01:02 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by unionist:
Before I agree to "FREE JAGGI SINGH", I'd like to know what he was charged with.

Any bets it was for carrying a concealed teddy bear soaked with perfume ?. Maybe a "whipped" cream pie ?

I can see it all now: conspiring to assault our colonial administrative head with a friendly or delicious weapon. Gotta hand it to Canada's security agents. Communists and pie throwing protesters don't stand a chance with the keystone cops on the job. Shawinigan handshakes, crackdowns on dissent, the two old line parties are a mirror image of the other.

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unionist
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posted 27 November 2006 01:12 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's all I can find so far (both en français, my translation of the headlines):

Jaggi Singh disrupts Harper press conference

Jaggi Singh arrested for criticizing presence in Afghanistan

The worst I can see in either account is that he and others were holding up a banner in the meeting room (they may have snuck in, but it's not clear), and they were chanting some slogans like "Harper out of Kandahar", plus criticizing Harper for bragging about his cancer program announcement while cutting funds to groups.

If that's why he was taken into custody, the cops should be fired en masse for toadying to Harper and Jaggi should get a medal.

Neither article mentions what he was charged with. From the press release saying "potential 6 months", it must have been a fairly minor charge.


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obscurantist
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posted 27 November 2006 01:27 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Maybe a "whipped" cream pie ?
Bah, that's nothing. In Vancouver, they can arrest you on suspiscion of carrying a cream pie.

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johnpauljones
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posted 27 November 2006 01:36 PM      Profile for johnpauljones     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I seem to recall that Jaggi was arrested in April or May of this year. Could his bail conditions prevent him from attending press conferences?
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unionist
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posted 27 November 2006 01:45 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by johnpauljones:
I seem to recall that Jaggi was arrested in April or May of this year. Could his bail conditions prevent him from attending press conferences?

Maybe that's it. He had stiff bail conditions back in 2001 after being held for 17 days after the Summit of the Americas, including not participating in demos or using megaphones, etc., which he said he would appeal. Don't know what the outcome was at that time.


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jester
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posted 27 November 2006 07:56 PM      Profile for jester        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jaggi puts the activist in activism.Not one of the typical squishes who consider standing on a street corner with a dour look on their turnip to be "activism".

Jaggi would make a fine politician Much better than that dilletante sprog of Trendy Trudeau's


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Catchfire
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posted 28 November 2006 11:45 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jaggi Singh Granted Bail

quote:
On Monday, a Montreal municipal court judge granted Singh bail on those charges, saying the man did not intend any violence against the prime minister, is not a criminal, and shouldn't be detained just because he's known as a protester.

Judge Pascal Pillarella also said keeping Singh behind bars would send the wrong message to the public.


Well, no shit. It sounds like he didn't even get a chance to "disrupt the peace" which would have violated his parole. He was pre-emptively arrested. I'd also like to know how protesting is "disrupting the peace" anyway. I always thought it was exercizing my democratic rights.

Love your government, I guess, because it's all we've got.


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Fidel
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posted 28 November 2006 11:57 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think it flies in the face of fervent nationalism, or something. Cream pie moments must be sooooo embarrassing for them when trying to appear dignified alongside real leaders abroad.
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posted 04 October 2008 06:21 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jaggi Singh acquitted!

quote:
La Cour municipale a finalement conclu que les policiers n'avaient aucune raison de forcer Singh à les suivre à l'extérieur du bar pour l'arrêter.

"The Municipal Court finally concluded that the police had no reason to force Singh to follow them outside the bar in order to arrest him."


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gram swaraj
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posted 05 October 2008 09:10 AM      Profile for gram swaraj   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nice that he's acquitted. Could someone please post info on how to donate to Jaggi's fund for legal expenses? I assume he has one.
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