I’m willing to bet that Olivier Lanctot didn’t commit the crimes of which he is accused. What he is guilty of is being young and possibly naïve, of imagining that dissent requires no justification beyond the content of his own intellect and conscience. He is in short every parent’s son or daughter searching for a way of being; of asking the questions it takes a lifetime to answer. Criminalizing dissent the way the federal, provincial, and city authorities did during the G20 was more than just a temporary suspension of civil rights. It was a violation of the fundamental covenant between youth and experience. If we let this slide we will fail ourselves and our children.Emphasis mine.
Monday, September 13, 2010
In the Globe and Mail, Douglas Bell writes about why the G20 protesters should not have been arrested: