Callout for court support: G20 protester Jaggi Singh facing six-month prison sentence
Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Old City Hall Court, 60 Queen Street West, Room M1
phone - 514-848-7583 or 416-708-3195 (for in court updates)
follow on twitter - @g20mobilize or @CLACmontreal
If your group would also like to write a public support letter, or endorse an existing one, please contact the CLAC in Montreal. We are collecting public support letters until Saturday, June 18.
For background to the court hearing:
- AUDIO: On taking down fences and the criminalization of dissent: An interview with Jaggi Singh (rabble.ca)
If Jaggi receives prison time, he will be taken into custody immediately on June 21.
Jaggi, a member of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) and No One Is Illegal-Montreal, has technically pled guilty to “counselling to commit mischief over $5000”.
As part of the plea agreement between the Crown and Jaggi:
i) the Crown will not call Jaggi as a witness in any G20-related case
ii) Jaggi’s plea cannot be used by the Crown in any other G20 prosecutions
iii) Jaggi will offer no cooperation to the Crown or the police
iv) Jaggi will offer no apologies for his actions and words
v) the entirety of the agreement will be public and not subject to any publication ban.
276 letters were submitted to the judge during his April sentencing hearing in support of Jaggi. Many letter-writers indicated their full support for Jaggi’s words at the fence, and expressed agreement that the G20 security fence should have been removed. All letter-writers have urged the judge to impose a minimal sentence.
As well, many more individuals and other groups from all over Quebec, Canada, the USA and overseas have submitted letters of support.
- "The G20 Legal Fund considers that all arrests occurred in the context of a legitimate struggle against the capitalist policies of the G20, and that all charges should be dropped immediately."