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Alex Hundert’s G20 nightmare began on June 26 when Toronto Police raided his home at 4 a.m., arresting he and his partner Leah Henderson at gunpoint. One month later they were released from prison on $100,000 bail each, with 20 stringent conditions, including conditional house arrest, non-associations with some of their best friends, and a ban on posting to the internet and attending or planning any public demonstrations. Upon his release, Hundert gave a handful of interviews to the media, and the police tried to return him to prison for breaking his ‘no demonstration’ condition. A judge ruled in September that speaking to the media was protected and didn’t break the condition. Four days later Hundert was arrested again immediately after participating as an invited speaker on a university panel. This time, after spending an additional four weeks in prison, a judge sided with the police that Hundert did break the ‘no demonstration’ condition. Hundert’s bail was amended to include a total ban on voicing any political view, specifically mentioning that he not speak with the media.
From our research this represents a modern first in Canada, and many are gearing up to fight it.
This also includes a sit-down interview with Hundert that was filmed in September, before the new conditions were added.
JESSE FREESTON, PRODUCER, TRNN: On Friday, The Toronto Star’s Dan Robson wrote, “Alex Hundert’s words will not appear in this story. Unlike other Canadians, he’s not allowed to speak to the press.” That’s because on Tuesday, social justice activist and G-20 defendant Alex Hundert of Toronto was judged to have breached his bail conditions by participating in a university panel discussion. His newest bail conditions were then amended to include a ban on all public political expression. Hundert is one of 20 organizers facing serious conspiracy charges stemming from June’s G-20 protests, and his case has served as a litmus test for civil liberties in Canada.