[Hpn] Fwd: Vilifying John Clarke

Bonnie Briggs s248_1132@hotmail.com
Mon, 19 Jun 2000 17:49:52 -0700 (PDT)


General
Hi all,
  Here is what John Clarke says about the riot at Queen's Park.
Bonnie
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>  Toronto Star,   June 19, 2000
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>  Poverty activist denies inciting riot
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>  Clarke worries he'll wait in jail if charges laid
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>  By Theresa Boyle,  Toronto Star Queen's Park Bureau
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>  HAMILTON (Staff) - John Clarke has denied he incited last
>  week's riot at Queen's Park, but says he's prepared for a
>  legal challenge should police charge him.
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>  Appearing at the NDP convention here yesterday, the Ontario
>  Coalition Against Poverty activist said he's confident he
>  could beat charges but is worried about the time he might
>  have to spend in jail waiting for the case to come up in court.
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>  ``I'm looking at the situation of sitting in the Don Jail or
>  Metro West Detention Centre for the next large part of the year,
>  waiting for a trial. If that happens, I don't want to sound
>  self-serving, but I hope there's going to be a few people saying
>  something about that,'' he said to about 50 members of the NDP
>  socialist caucus, the extreme left faction of the party.
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>  Clarke blamed police for sparking the violence.
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>  ``They made a decision, rather than to hold a line and as much
>  as possible prevent or de-escalate (the) confrontation, they
>  chose to clear the grounds. They came forward
>  swinging and they used horses at top speed,'' he said.
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>  ``Clearly they went at it with an enthusiasm that could have
>  well left several bodies lying on the ground.''
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>  Clarke denied having anything to do with the violent activities
>  of protesters who were seen throwing bricks, Molotov cocktails
>  and paint bombs at police.Nevertheless, he said he's prepared
>  for police to pin the entire melee on him.
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>  ``An attack on me is being perhaps prepared by the police,''
>  he said.
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>  ``They are talking about coming and arresting me.''
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>  He emphasized that he's not the leader of the Ontario
>  Coalition of Poverty, which organized the protest.
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>  ``We try in OCAP to stress that we're an organization that has
>  very much a collective leadership and a collective
>  decision-making system and we try to sometimes combat this
>  rather ridiculous cult-of-personality stuff they use to
>  present . . . my whims as OCAP's life.''
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>  Clarke said `a campaign of vilification' of the protesters
>  has already begun.
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>    Bob Olsen, Toronto      bobolsen@interlog.com
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