[Hpn] Fwd: Reports on John Clarke's arrest

Bonnie Briggs s248_1132@hotmail.com
Mon, 18 Jun 2001 22:21:44 +0000


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<P><FONT face="Arial Black, Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif">General</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Arial Black, Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif">Hi&nbsp;guys,</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Arial Black, Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here is what happned during a big OCAP rally held in a city park. OCAP's two main &nbsp;organizers, John Clarke and Sue Collis, have been arrested. I think we have the cops running scared. GO OCAP!</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face="Arial Black, Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif">Bonnie</FONT></P>
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<DIV></DIV>&gt; Three media reports on John Clarke’s arrest. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; Notice the different perspectives offered first 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; by the Star and then by the Globe and Mail. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Anti-poverty activist arrested 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;WebPosted Fri Jun 15 18:46:39 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;CBC News 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/06/15/poverty010615 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;TORONTO - A leader of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has been 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;arrested and is facing several charges, including mischief. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;John Clarke was arrested Friday morning in connection with the ransacking of 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;provincial Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's constituency office in Whitby, Ont. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;The incident happened earlier this week. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Clarke is facing numerous charges including unlawful assembly and mischief 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;over $5,000. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Although the protest upset Flaherty's staff, Clarke says it pales in 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;comparison to the abuse the Conservative government has inflicted on the poor. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Written by CBC News Online staff 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Toronto Star, Jun. 15, 2001. 08:33 PM 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Ontario poverty activist arrested OCAP's John Clarke will spend weekend in 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;jail 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;From Canadian Press 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;The outspoken leader of a group of Ontario poverty activists was charged 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Friday in connection with a raucous protest at the office of the province's 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;finance minister earlier this week. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty was charged with 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;unlawful assembly, mischief over $5,000 and breach of a court order after 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Jim Flaherty's constituency office in Whitby, Ont., was trashed Tuesday. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Clarke, 47, was led off to spend the weekend in jail after he requested his 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;bail hearing be delayed until Monday so he could be represented by his own 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;lawyer. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Police arrested 12 others after dozens of coalition supporters stormed the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;office northeast of Toronto, overturning desks, smashing glass and tossing 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;furniture out of the building to protest provincial policies they say harm 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;the poor. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Clarke's arrest came as his organization mobilized for a rally at a downtown 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;school Friday night. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;The rally was held to protest a school board's recent refusal to allow the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;group to hold a meeting at the school. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Anticipating hot tempers following their leader's arrest, police set up a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;perimeter around the school and had a mounted police unit standing by in 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;case of trouble. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;That sent protesters several blocks away to a downtown park, instead. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;"They were giving us no space,'' said protester Gaeten Heroux. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;About 300 activists assembled at the park to chant, beat drums, hand out 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;flyers and display banners with slogans reading: Fight to Win and Stop the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;War on the Poor. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;A few uniformed officers patrolled the perimeter of the gathering, which 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;proceeded peacefully. At one point, two officers joined in on an impromptu 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;soccer game with four protesters. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Clarke's group gained notoriety last year during a violent rally at the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Ontario legislature, when about 1,000 protesters tried to speak before the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;legislature. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;The event turned into a riot when protesters began throwing paint bombs, 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;bricks and Molotov cocktails at police. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Riot squads retaliated with pepper spray and batons to push back the crowd. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Copyright 1996-2001. Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt;Globe and Mail, Friday, June 15, 2001 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; Ontario poverty activist arrested 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Canadian Press 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Toronto ?The outspoken leader of a group of Ontario poverty activists was 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;charged Friday in connection with a raucous protest at the office of the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;province's finance minister earlier this week. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty was charged with 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;unlawful assembly, mischief over $5,000 and breach of a court order after 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Jim Flaherty's constituency office in Whitby, Ont., was trashed Tuesday. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Mr. Clarke, 47, was led off to spend the weekend in jail after he requested 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;his bail hearing be delayed until Monday so he could be represented by his 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;own lawyer. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Police arrested 12 others after dozens of coalition supporters stormed the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;office northeast of Toronto, overturning desks, smashing glass and tossing 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;furniture out of the building to protest provincial policies they say harm 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;the poor. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Mr. Clarke's arrest came as his organization mobilized for a rally at a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;downtown school Friday night. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;The rally was held to protest a school board's recent refusal to allow the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;group to hold a meeting at the school. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Anticipating hot tempers following their leader's arrest, police set up a 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;perimeter around the school and had a mounted police unit standing by in 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;case of trouble. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;That sent protesters several blocks away to a downtown park, instead. "They 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;were giving us no space," said protester Gaeten Heroux. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;About 300 activists assembled at the park to chant, beat drums, hand out 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;flyers and display banners with slogans reading: Fight to Win and Stop the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;War on the Poor. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;A few uniformed officers patrolled the perimeter of the gathering, which 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;proceeded peacefully. At one point, two officers joined in on an impromptu 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;soccer game with four protesters. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Mr. Clarke's group gained notoriety last year during a violent rally at the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Ontario legislature, when about 1,000 protesters tried to speak before the 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;legislature. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;The event turned into a riot when protesters began throwing paint bombs, 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;bricks and Molotov cocktails at police. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Riot squads retaliated with pepper spray and batons to push back the crowd. 
<DIV></DIV>&gt; 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Copyright ?2001 Globe Interactive, a division of Bell Globemedia Publishing 
<DIV></DIV>&gt;Inc. 
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<DIV></DIV>&gt; Bob Olsen, Toronto bobolsen@interlog.com 
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