On the October 14, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed anti-G20 activist, Julian Ichim, who has been a 2011, 2006, 2003 and 1999 federal or provincial election candidate.
Ichim described how his peaceful group was infiltrated by police prior to the 2010 G-20 summit in Toronto and how he was selectively charged with breaching a publication ban on releasing the pseudonym of an undercover officer who befriended and eventually betrayed him.
He described how groups like his are targeted because they offer alternatives that are outside the controlled political system.
During the interview, I shared this quotation from the Globe and Mail article, How police infiltrated groups planning G20 protests, of an admission by a police sergeant that police claim the authority to be above the law:
““[The officer]was saying ‘we need to take monkey wrenches and [damage construction]machinery,’” he said. “The occupation had a lot of support and he was talking about wrecking machinery, which tactically makes no sense.”
(Sgt. Chamberland said officers can break the law, but only with “prior, specific” permission from higher-ups.)“
The Globe and Mail is, ironically, the same newspaper that broke the same publication ban in publishing the undercover officer’s name, yet wasn’t charged, which lends further credence to Ichim’s claim that the charges against him were politically motivated, and is yet another example of selective enforcement of our laws.