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Obert Madondos Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike - Letter to Senator Vernon White

Obert Madondos Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike - Letter to Senator Vernon White

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On March 14, 2012, Ottawa-based activist and progressive blogger, Obert Madondo, started an indefinite hunger strike against the Conservative government's cruel new crime law, the deceptively christened "Safe Streets and Communities Act" (Bill C10). This letter is Obert's appeal to newly-appointed Conservative senator, Vernon White, to resign.

On November 23, 2011, Obert tasted the wrath of the new law proposes. That day, Canada turned into a police state. He was part of eight unarmed and peaceful Occupy Ottawa protesters resisting the movement’s politically-motivated eviction from Ottawa’s Confederation Park. He was subjected to cruel and unusual treatment. He was treated differently than my two white colleagues. The police hurt his back, legs and left arm and he ended up in hospital. Obert was recently certified temporarily medically unemployable. Furthermore, for 3-4 hour operation, the Ottawa Police Services spent $16 000 of Canadian taxpayers’ money to deliver eight $65 trespass tickets and evict protesters from a public park which, at the time, had no contesting use.

Vernon White was in charge of the Ottawa Police that morning. That’s why Obert is asking him to resign. Obert has nothing personal against the senator as a fellow human being, but that morning, “a failure of judgment and Canadian leadership occurred. I strongly question the senator’s judgment in a situation that demanded the utmost in sobriety and a quick glance at the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
On March 14, 2012, Ottawa-based activist and progressive blogger, Obert Madondo, started an indefinite hunger strike against the Conservative government's cruel new crime law, the deceptively christened "Safe Streets and Communities Act" (Bill C10). This letter is Obert's appeal to newly-appointed Conservative senator, Vernon White, to resign.

On November 23, 2011, Obert tasted the wrath of the new law proposes. That day, Canada turned into a police state. He was part of eight unarmed and peaceful Occupy Ottawa protesters resisting the movement’s politically-motivated eviction from Ottawa’s Confederation Park. He was subjected to cruel and unusual treatment. He was treated differently than my two white colleagues. The police hurt his back, legs and left arm and he ended up in hospital. Obert was recently certified temporarily medically unemployable. Furthermore, for 3-4 hour operation, the Ottawa Police Services spent $16 000 of Canadian taxpayers’ money to deliver eight $65 trespass tickets and evict protesters from a public park which, at the time, had no contesting use.

Vernon White was in charge of the Ottawa Police that morning. That’s why Obert is asking him to resign. Obert has nothing personal against the senator as a fellow human being, but that morning, “a failure of judgment and Canadian leadership occurred. I strongly question the senator’s judgment in a situation that demanded the utmost in sobriety and a quick glance at the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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Obert Madondo312 Cumberland Street, Apt 610Ottawa, ON K1N 1B3March 14, 2012Senator Vernon WhiteThe Senate of CanadaOttawa, OntarioCanadaK1A 0A4Dear Senator White,
I’m writing to inform you that a
t 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14, I embarked on an indefinitehunger strike whose five demands include your immediate resignation and the repeal of the newSafe Streets and Communities Act (omnibus crime Bill C-10).My main argument for your resignation centres around the events of November 23, 2011. That day, Itasted the wrath of the Canada that the Act proposes. I was forcibly removed from ConfederationPark as one of the eight unarmed Occupy Ottawa protesters peacefully resisting the politically-motivated eviction carried out by the Ottawa Police. The 100 to 150 officers sent in the hoursfollowing midnight applied excessive and unnecessary force.I was subjected to cruel and unusual treatment. The police hurt my back, legs and left arm. I endedup in hospital and since the incident, suffer excruciating pain because of their actions. On one of thethree occasions the police officers dropped me while carrying me to the makeshift detention centre,I hit my head against the paved road and now experience frequent headaches.Senator, why did the four police officers who carried me to the makeshift detention centre drop methree times during the trip? Why was I treated differently than my two white colleagues? One wasalso carried by police officers but was not hurt. The other was driven to the centre in a police cruiser.At the centre why did the officers drop me to the floor and leave me lying on my stomach, a positionthat further exacerbated my injured back and arm? Why did they ignore my plea for immediatemedical attention?Furthermore, in the statement issued to the press immediately following the eviction, the policetrivialized my injuries in a severely hurtful way.Senator, you were
in charge of the Ottawa Police that morning, and that’s why I’m demanding
your
resignation. I’ve nothing personal against
you as a fellow human being, but that morning, a failure ofjudgment and Canadian leadership occurred. I strongly question your judgment in a situation thatdemanded the utmost in sobriety and a quick glance at the Canadian Charter of Rights andFreedoms.My five demands are:1. The Parliament of Canada should repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act in its entirety.

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