« We will not be silenced! » - Press communique of the Comité des arrêté.e.s du G7

We will not be silenced!

On November 27th, 2018, at the municipal court of Quebec City, six people arrested during the G7 protests appeared before the court.

These people all face a criminal accusation of unlawful assembly. Some of these people also face other accusation, including obstructing the work of a peace officer and a weapons charge with criminal intent for dog repellent.

These people exercised their right for free speech and peaceful assembly, rights described in the Canadian and Quebec Charters of Rights. These people were arrested and detained for four days after being arrested by SPVQ and/or SQ police.

We agree with the conclusions of the G7 observation mission report, from the Ligue des droits et libertés and Amnesty International:

"The G7 took place in a climate of fear and intimidation. Public and police authorities failed in their obligation to protect and ensure freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, which include the right to protest. These obligations includes as much to not be an obstruction to civil liberties than to facilitate its expression. The approach used by police force was instead one of dissuasion, intimidation and based on an unjustified obstruction of freedom of expression and the right to protest."

  • "Manifester sous intimidation", Rapport de mission d'observation du G7, Ligue des droits et libertés / Amnistie internationale, Septembre 2018, page 36, source [Our translation].

We believe that these arrests are an attack against the right to protest and are a violation of our constitutional rights, rights which protect people against arbitrary accusations, arrests and detention.

The people accused will face a joint trial from March 11th to 15th, 2019, in the Charlesbourg courtroom of the municipal court of Quebec City.

We underline our solidarity with everyone who faced or are facing police and judiciary repression, in all its forms.

We will not be silenced!

The Comité des arrêté.e.s du G7

  • Published on November 29th, 2018
  • To contact us: comitearreteesg7@gmail.com