Linked on our blogs with The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation; – Published on The Star, by Patricia Aldana, Toronto, July 9, 2010.
I came to Canada from Guatemala in 1971 after being educated in the United States. I chose this country because I believed that it offered a fairer life for its citizens and a more responsible posture toward the world than either my home or the U.S. I welcomed the repatriation of the Constitution, and especially the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. After all, in Guatemala between 1959 and the late 1980s more than 250,000 people were killed, 80 per cent of them by the army or its agents, as reported by the UN Truth Commission.
Today I am in shock and deeply despondent. Toronto City Council voted unanimously with five abstentions to support the police prior to an independent investigation. How are we to understand this? In this city, which we like to think of as so progressive and enlightened, the rule of law, our rights, due process and justice appear to be disposable, easily swept away on a tide of demagoguery. In Guatemala, the existence of so-called “subversives” justified wholesale slaughter and death. As eminent psychiatrist Federico Allodi, a specialist in torture, points out in his book, The Politics of Pain, the difference between the police in countries like Guatemala and ours lies not in the police themselves but in the training and leadership they receive. City council has just sent the police a very dangerous message … (full text).