Thursday, June 17, 2010

Activists jailed for putting up posters

Of course, when you put up posters advocating that people (gasp) protest, I suppose you're tempting fate:

About 200 kilometres from where world leaders will soon gather, two London political activists spent the night in city police cells over posters inviting people to Toronto to protest the G8 and G20 summits.

Darius Mirshahi, 25, and Andrew Cadotte, 19, flashed a peace sign and stood on the courthouse steps moments after their releases Wednesday afternoon and ripped open the police-issued, clear plastic bags containing their personal effects.

As the wind whipped up and papers flew, defence lawyer Dale Ives cautioned them: "Don't let that blow away guys or they'll charge you with littering."

Mirshahi, a founder of the Fanshawe College social justice club and Cadotte, who raises money for the Red Cross, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, are accused of gluing protest posters on government-owned mailboxes and hydro boxes.

They're each charged with seven counts of mischief.

But observers think the message, not the crime, was what kept them in custody.

From the London Free Press. Think they'd have been detained overnight if they put up posters about a lost kitten?

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