Thursday, December 23, 2010

Toronto: Conspiracy Chages to be dropped against alleged G20 ringleader, Mapuche

Women’s Coordinating Committee For a Free Wallmapu
Media Advisory, Sunday, December-19-10
Contact: Viviana Avila Tel: 416-859-7040(cell), 647-352-2151(home)
Davin Charney (Attorney of the Accused) Tel:226-747-2317 (Cell)


G20 conspiracy charges to be dropped against University of Toronto Political Science student and Mapuche indigenous solidarity activist Jaroslava Avila on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at the Finch Avenue Courthouse (2201 Finch Avenue West).

WHO: Jaroslava was arrested on September 29th, 2010 on University of Toronto St. George Campus with three charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and is one of the 19 co-accused to have allegedly organized the mobilizations during the G20 weekend last June. She has been under strict conditions of house arrest, including no access to wireless devices and a no public demonstration clause. She will be willing to make interviews at the courthouse once her charges have been dropped after the hearing.

WHAT: Press conference

WHERE: Finch Avenue Courthouse, 2201 Finch Avenue West

WHEN: 9AM after the hearing.

WHY: Upon dropping the G20 conspiracy charges, to denounce the ongoing abuse of police powers and criminalization of dissent that has been the outcome of the G20 in Toronto. This includes the violation of basic civil rights, such as the right of public demonstration and the ongoing criminalization of social organizers, in regards to the rest of the co-accused and the broader social movement.

The Women’s Coordinating Committee For a Free Wallmapu

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