[Hpn] Fwd: san: City bans scarves during summit, fearing protests

Graeme Bacque graeme.bacque@3web.net
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 14:18:14 -0500


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Guess you can expect lots of arrests if the weather's cold in Quebec City - 
which it frequently is even in late April.

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>From: otter <otter@tao.ca>
>To: <vancouver@lists.tao.ca>, <san@lists.tao.ca>
>Subject: san: City bans scarves during summit, fearing protests
>Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 13:31:19 -0500 (EST)
>
>
>February 26, 2001
>City bans scarves during summit, fearing protests
>
>Summit of the americas
>
>Anne Marie Owens and Heather Sokoloff
>National Post
>Ian Lindsay, The Vancouver Sun
>
>Protesters at talks of the World Trade Organization in Seattle covered
>their faces. Quebec City and the suburb of Saint-Foy have passed an
>anti-scarf by-law as a security measure for the Summit of the Americas in
>April.
>
>People in the Quebec City suburb of Saint-Foy could soon risk being
>arrested for wearing scarves or covering up their faces.
>
>A new by-law, which was adopted as part of security preparations for the
>upcoming Summit of the Americas conference in Quebec City, is one example
>of precautions being taken to squelch the activities of anti-globalization
>activists and protesters who typically target these types of international
>gatherings.
>
>In addition to the scarf by-law, authorities plan to install a three-metre
>high metal fence around several square kilometres of Quebec City and allow
>only those with passes inside the perimeter. The area will be enforced by
>3,000 to 5,000 police, RCMP and riot squads from across the country, and
>police are freeing up 500 spots in the Quebec City prison to make room for
>arrested protesters.
>
>The by-law adopted by Saint-Foy councillors, which will be enforced during
>the weeks leading up to and including the April summit, permits police to
>immediately arrest someone in a crowd if even part of their face is
>covered.
>
>A similar by-law is already in place in Quebec City.
>
>If arrested, the burden of proof rests with the accused for providing a
>valid excuse for covering up their faces, according to the by-law.
>
>"I think the Quebec authorities responsible for this owe the public a
>pretty full example as to why they think an extraordinary measure like
>that is needed," said Alan Borovoy, general counsel of the Canadian Civil
>Liberties Association. "I can imagine all sorts of perfectly logical
>reasons why someone would have part of their face covered."
>
>Mr. Borovoy says his organization grew concerned after seeing how various
>cities have fought the inevitable protests and hearing how Quebec
>authorities were ramping up for this particular session.
>
>He says authorities "should not arrest, detain, search, seize or use force
>beyond what is necessary to uphold the law."
>
>The association has criticized the focus of the security tactics and urged
>the federal Solicitor-General and Quebec's Public Security Minister
>against using a heavy-handed and one-sided approach.
>
>"Just as it is important to ensure the security of the summit, it is no
>less important to protect the viability of the protests," said Mr.
>Borovoy.
>
>"It is beginning to appear that the protesters will be quarantined miles
>from the centre of conference activity ... The further away the protesters
>are, the less viable their protest will be."
>
>The April 20-22 meeting will bring together the leaders of 34 countries,
>including Jean Chretien, the Prime Minister, and George W. Bush, the U.S.
>President, to discuss creating a free-trade zone covering all of North and
>South America.
>
>These gatherings have become a touchstone for anti-globalization
>activists, particularly in the wake of the violence that erupted at the
>1999 World Trade Organization talks in Seattle.

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