TORONTO. March 28, 2004. They came from as
far away as a seven hour drive from Western Pennsylvania and the Eastern
Townships of Quebec to attend a rally of 65 persons outside the Metro West
Detention Centre in suburban Toronto for Canada's most famous political
prisoner Ernst Zundel.
The free speech
supporters arrived from Uxbridge, Richmond Hill, Hamilton, Niagara Falls,
Keswick, Mississauga, Kitchener, and, of course, Toronto. A large contingent
came in by van from London, Ontario.
Musician Blago Simeonov set the theme of the protest
with a recording of his song "There is Some Hope" which inspired the
protesters on a crisp, sunny March afternoon.
Signs read "Free Ernst Zundel" and "No secret
The protest was covered by CITY-TV and had been
announced repeatedly on 680-Radio and CFRB.
Under the watchful eye of about a half dozen police
off to one side, Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free
Expression, told the free speech supporters that Mr. Zundel was now in his
second year of solitary confinement "solely for the non-violent expression
of his political views."
"The government says he's a threat to national
security because he's a terrorist," Fromm said. "What's their case? Well,
they can't tell you. It's a secret," he mocked. "Their public case is a joke
-- a collection of empty guilt-by-associations."
"Canada's turned its back on 1,000 years of hard won
rights," Mr. Fromm told the protesters. "Our heritage of Anglo-Saxon law
established that a man has the right to know the charges against him and the
right to confront his accusers and the evidence," he added.
"However, before every series of hearings, the Crown
and the judge Mr.
Justice Pierre Blais get together in Ottawa. They
receive evidence, they hear accusations and they may hear wirnesses. Who
they are or what the evidence is, Mr. Zundel and his lawyers don't know.
It's a secret -- national security, you understand," Mr. Fromm said.
"Mr. Zundel is a victim of the most corrupt regime in
Canadian history -- former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his gang of
crooks and their powerful minority backers. We're sliding into a police
state," Mr. Fromm warned.
"In the former Soviet Union, in Red China, in
communist Cuba, people are thrown in jail solely for their political views.
Now, that's happening in Canada," he said.
Paul Fromm addresses the crowd
"The whole system is unfair," Mr. Fromm said. The
judge is a former solicitor-general and boss of the Canadian Security and
Intelligence Service (CSIS) which has prepared the case against Ernst
Zundel. He can't be seen to be unbiased. Mr. Zundel's former lawyer Doug
Christie asked him to recuse himself, but he refused."
"Pierre Blais was chosen by Ottawa deliberately to
commit a judicial assassination on Ernst Zundel, much as the Israeli army
did earlier this week on Sheik Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas," Mr.
As the protest is being broadcast over the Internet,
longtime CAFE associate Wolfgang Mueller gave a short talk in German for our
German-speaking listeners around the world.
Melissa Guille, leader of the Canadian Heritage
Alliance, said: "The only crime being committed here is keeping Ernst Zundel
in solitary confinement.
He's a man who never committed a crime in Canada or
the U.S. We're here to say that we will not tolerate a government that seeks
to control our speech or our beliefs."
Across the country, 30 people rallied on an equally
sunny Sunday afternoon outside the constituency office of Deputy Prime
Minister Anne McLellan, who is the new super security minister, in charge of
CSIS. Four television channels, including Global, CBC and the A Channel,
Radio Q-107 coverred the hour and a half rally.
Glenn Bahr, Alberta leader of Western Canada For Us,
demanded freedom for Ernst Zundel in comments to a crowd that spanned the
age range. A carload of supporters drove up from Calgary and a supporter
came all the way from Vancouver.
Alberta Free Zundel Protest
At the Toronto rally, Paul Fromm said, CAFE had
received messages of support from four continents and from freedom lovers
across Canada and the U.S. Among those read at the protest were the
MESSAGES OF SUPPORT
As advocates of free speech and the preservation of
civil liberties, the Australian Civil Liberties Union condemns the forced
incarceration of Ernst Zundel for over a year and the demeaning
circumstances of his arrest and detention. He should have the right, as a
citizen, to free speech concerning the alleged events of World War II and to
enquire if the conventional version of the Holocaust being promulgated is
correct. If it is not, he should be allowed to say so.If it is not, then
hard factual evidence should be permitted to show where he is wrong. The
popularity of his viewpoint should not be the criteria for judgement:
instead, any assessment should be based on the truth and falsity of his
Orwell said "free speech means the right to say what
other people do not want to hear." The Australian Civil Liberties Union
calls for the release of Ernst Zundel and the preservation of the right to
free speech, which is a central criteria of a free society. Geoff. Muirden,
Research Officer, Australian Civil Liberties Union, PO Box 1137, Carlton,
Vic., 3053, Australia.
Free Ernst Zündel!. We cannot allow the New World
Order to destroy our RIGHT to free speech.
Message for the protest of March 28:
We, the French revisionists in Professor Faurisson's
line, join our Americano-Canadian friends in their protest and indignation
at Ernst Zündel's arrest on February 5, 2003, in the shape of a kidnapping
in the United States but with the complicity of Canadian authorities, and at
the internment conditions he is subjected to.
It is not worthy of a country with democratic
pretensions to keep in solitary confinement a man who cannot be blamed for
any crime or offence.
The Canadian justice represented by Judge Blais
oversteps the generally accepted bounds of human rights.
We insistently require the governmental and judicial
authorities of Canada to release Ernst Zündel to whom we bring all our
On behalf of the French revisionists: René and Yvonne
I will not be able to get down to show my support for
Ernst Zundel, but be assured that I SUPPORT HIM VERY MUCH, as you know. We
Canadians owe Mr.
Zundel a great debt of gratitude for his courageous
fight for freedom of expression for all of us. Personally, I believe our
govrnment should ask Mr.Zundel if he would give us the honour of accepting
Then we should immediately give him the highest class
of the Order of Canada, if he will accept it. I would not blame him if he
declined to accept it, as it has been given to some very unworthy and even
unsavoury individuals. I am pleased to be a friend and supporter of Ernst,
and am honoured to think he may say that he is my friend of mine, as well.
Thank you, too, Paul, for your tireless efforts on
behalf of freedom of speech for all.
Sincere good wishes.
Lively, ON P3Y
Please let Mr. Zundel know that many people not only
admire him for his strength, but love him for the courage of the last thirty
years of dedicated work in his attempts to right so many wrongs in history.
In memory of all those lost in wars, the mindless and lost souls of today,
and for tomorrow's children, we thank him. He towers in mind, body and
spirit over the tallest of his enemies -- God Bless all of you and keep you
in his care.
I join with the protesters in demanding: Free Ernst
Wolfgang Schoebe, Windsor, ON
SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR ERNST
Whenever I receive news concerning Ernst's state of
mind, I learn that he is encouraged and positive. He is a man of destiny,
believing that his purpose is to contend for the truth of his people, our
people. His encouragement encourages me. And such a courageous man should be
championed and rescued from the den of thieves wherein he is wrongfully
You who attend these rallies on the our behalf are
champions. Thank you for contending for truth for us for Ernst Zundel.
Free Ernst Zundel,
Nothing like violating someones human rights!
Hopefully you will use comon sense and free him.
A Government willing to give you everything you
need,will soon need
everything you have!
Dear Paul: You asked me to send a short message to the
rally for Ernst
Zundel. Greetings form Marshfield, WI.
You are not only fighting that justice gets done for
one man, Ernst Zundel.
You are fighting for justice, the underpinning of
every civilization. Wish
I could be with you. C
hristine B. Miller -- Marshfield, WI.
The Zundel Defence Fund
Needs Your Help Today
The Defence Fund is very seriously depleted and we
face major outlays in the April. I again ask for your commitment and urgent
help. Please mail us your contribution today or e-mail us your VISA number
and expiry date.
We have a number of delicate colour-pencil sketches by
Ernst Zundel done in prison. Each is dated and signed. Each is a nature
study. Mr. Zundel has long been a paint and sketch artist. He had returned
to his love of art before the U.S. I.N.S picked him up and deported him. He
has done a number of new and beautiful designs, including Stonehenge and oak
leaves. All donors will receive one of these sketches. Mail your donation
CAFE, Box 332, Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3, Canada
or e-mail us your VISA number and expiry date.
On your cheque or an accompanying piece of paper,
note: "For Zundel Defence Fund."