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Disturbing trend towards criminalizing public dissent in Ontario

Police compile list, lay charges against rural retirees who oppose dump site.

Signs like this in Simcoe County, Ontario, lead to police surveillance, arrestsAugust 10, 2009 — The arrests of several elderly Simcoe County residents earlier this week for demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Site 41 dump site is a 'disturbing' example of public officials and police criminalizing political dissent, warns Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario President Sid Ryan.

"The fact that police are compiling lists of 'troublemakers' who are in their 60s, 70s and 80s and ordering them to report to police headquarters to have charges laid against them is more than just disturbing, it's positively chilling," said Ryan.

"Their only 'crime' has been speaking out and protesting against a potential environmental catastrophe the County is determined to railroad through an unwilling community," he added...

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  Site 41 arrests point to 'disturbing' trend of criminalizing legitimate protest, warns CUPE Ontario President, by CUPE, August 10, 2009

Posted: August 13, 2009

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