forces of violent anarchism did their best to stop supporters of Canada's most
famous political prisoner, Ernst Zundel, from protesting his continued
detention in solitary confinement. Protests in both Toronto and Montreal were
attacked by ARA thugs with masked faces and weapons.
The Montreal protest
outside Justice Minister Irwin Cotler's office attracted about 10 free speech
supporters. Others were unable to get through a raucous crowd of masked ARA
thugs. One observer reported that about 75 ARA thugs " were armed with golf
clubs and face masks."
About 20 carloads of police kept the menacing ARA separated from the free
speech supporters. One ARA goon was arrested for smashing at the windshield of
the free speech protest. [(1)A more complete report from he organizer follows
Meanwhile in Toronto, supporters of the Canadian Association for Free
Expression rallied outside of the Metro West Detention where political
prisoner Ernst Zundel is now in his 19 month of solitary confinement. We knew
that the ARA were coming and, so, we changed the time of the protest.
On Friday, I stopped by 23 Division in Rexdale and had a chat with Staff
Sgt. May who would be the officer in charge of the Division today. He
appreciated our co-operation and I made it clear that we would be law-abiding
and were there simply to make a political statement of support for free speech
and in opposition to secret trials and unlimited detention of political
dissidents like Ernst Zundel.
When I arrived at about 12:30, I quickly re-learned the lesson that you
take almost everything cops, who are increasingly a political and politicized
police force, say. They're simply not to be believed or trusted. We learned
that a carload of supporters from London had been arrested. The four lads were
sitting on the grass handcuffed. Their crime? Apparently, there had been a bow
and arrow and a bulletproof vest in the trunk of the car. The police search
was almost certainly illegal. All four have been charged with possession of
weapons dangerous and weapons at a public meeting. Note, the weapons were not
taken out at a meeting and were not brandished or carried by the four. People
with a sense of logic may wonder how four men can possess one weapon. Much
later tonight, we greeted three of the four as they were released for 23
Many of the police were belligerent. We were not allowed to park in the
lots of Metro West Detention Centre. This had been allowed before. Of course,
we had only their word -- not the provincial authorities who run the prison --
for this new rule. Some of us tried to park in the spacious area around an
adjacent factory. Not allowed a pushy cop insisted, all the while threatening
to have us towed. He claimed the factory had sent a notice under the Trespass
to Property Act. How could they? I asked. Nothing has happened yet.
Nonetheless, the cop insisted they had. I countered that we'd have to be given
a notice from the owners first -- highly unlikely as we'd be taking up a few
spaces for about an hour in their deserted parking lot.
The police were obviously seeking to be complete p**** about it. Then,
John, an ally who's been in politics with me since the late 1960s in the
Edmund Burke Society came running up saying the cops had threatened to arrest
us all if we wished to parade on the public sidewalk. Several others confirmed
that that's what they'd been told too. Such orders were clearly crap.
One of the London Four later told me that the cops who had ransacked their
car had said: "This time, we're not taking any crap. There's zero tolerance."
He was apparently referring to he July 25 where there'd been quite a
confrontation between the ARA and free speech supporters.
However, that came about because of dreadful policing. The police knew the
anarchists were coming. Instead of letting them confront and attack us, they
should have kept them across the street. We were hardly to blame for the poor
policing or the ARA violence.
I walked over to try to talk to the officer in charge. It turned out to be
an Inspector Pinfold. A greying man, he seemed reasonable. Now, there were new
rules. We could park our cars on the Disco Road, opposite the prison, even
though it's a no parking zone. We could parade on the public sidewalk, but not
go on the prison grass. We were to go no further than a certain light
standard. Already the mounted squad has arrived. the ARA would be kept beyond
the light standard. Even this meeting was not without its unpleasantness. I'd
asked who was in charge and had Inspector Pinfold pointed out to me. As I
proceeded across a few feet of the prison lawn, I was confronted by a copy
I'll call Wooden Hulk.
trespassing," he said.
"But it's public property. We pay for it," said I, "I wish to talk to the
officer in charge."
I was directed back to the sidewalk. Pinfold would see me in a minute.
Meanwhile, Wooden Hulk wanted my ID. I handed him my CAFE business card.
"Don't you have a licence," he demanded.
"Not on me," I responded.
"What's your birthdate?" he demanded.
You wish to send me a present. Ah, shucks, I thought to myself. I refused
to give him this information. He was quite angry and sniffed," And you said
you wanted to co-operate."
At about 1:30, the ARA showed up in their tatty yellow school bus. Real
patriots, they flew the old hammer and sickle flag of communist Russia, the
flag of communist East Germany and a native Indian flag that features a
brave's head, complete with feather, on a red background. A few Indians
carried signs seeking justice for Dudley George. [He's been dead almost a
decade. Could their addled brains have brought them to the wrong protest?]
Now, Inspector Pinfold invoked a new rule. "You can't have those flagpoles
or sticks for your signs. My officers are at risk."
This was more bullshit and he knew it. Both on July 25 and today, his
officers faced the ARA and repeatedly turned their backs on us. They knew
perfectly well we were peaceful and law-abiding and not about to attack the
police. Nevertheless, we took our flags -- the Red Ensign, the Stars and Bars,
ands the Flag of Michigan, carried by our U.S. supporters -- off their poles.
We carefully removed the sticks from our placards.
police kept the ARA down the street and across the road from us. A number of
officers and the mounted unit hemmed them in. We could hear their obscenities
and shouts faintly in he distance. However, we noted that they were allowed to
keep their flagpoles and the sticks on their placards. We'd been effectively
disarmed but they had their flagpoles and sticks which could have been used as
Several of us asked the police about this glaring discrepancy. After all,
the ARA has a long history of violence and battling the police. We noted that
the horses had plastic visors over their eyes. In numerous confrontations, the
ARA have used poles to try to blind the horses.
I pointed out the unfairness and the inequality of the situation to
Inspector Pinfold. "That's my business," he snapped. Cops hate accountability
to the wage serfs who pay their salaries.
chanted, "Free Ernst Zundel" and /"No Secret Trials." I gave a short talk,
stressing the cruelty of 19 months in solitary confinement for a man who is a
lifelong pacifist. I thanked the free speech supporters from 16 to 76 who had
hung in there with us and behaved as decent men and women. We then dispersed
and headed to Jack Astor's a popular restaurant about six miles away. Several
reporters, one who said she was with the CBC but who travelled with the ARA,
were in our protest ranks.
At any rate, the ARA found out. Their bus pulled up into the restaurant
parking lot. About 20 masked thugs piled out and burst into the bar screaming
at Marc Lemire. One threatened the restaurant security: "These are Nazis.
We'll tell B'nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress and they'll put you
out of business." After much shouting and jabbing, the ARA were driven out,
but not before a few had been seriously beaten fore their l;unacy. One
disabled member of our group was knocked to the floor. As he sought to get up
with his cane, he was arrested by the police,. As of this evening, he was
still in 22 Division
charged, incredibly, with possession of weapons dangerous -- his own cane!
[(2) Marc Lemire's report is attached below]
By now at least a dozen cruisers had zoomed to Jack Astor's. I was told
that I must leave the property and get out of the parking lot or I'd be
arrested under the Trespass to Property Act. "The management says you're not
welcome," a snotty Officer 4701 barked at me.
"I doubt that," I answered. "They don't even know me. I haven't even had a
chance to order a drink." Many of our people were also summarily ordered off
the property. Again, it's hard to know whether Jack Astor's was really trying
to get rid of paying customers -- we'd eaten there at least six times before
-- of whether this was another police lie.
This is typical ARA and, we might add, Jewish lobby tactics. They attack
and create violence and, then, the threat of such violence induces the
business establishment to cancel our meeting or, in this case, our dinner.
The reaction of the patrons of Jack Astor's was interesting. "Who are those
freaks?" one football viewer asked, looking at the ARA. When the masked
crazies started assaulting our people, one Chinese fellow got into the act and
threw a few punches at the crazies himself.
Clearly, the ARA and their shadowy Establishment puppetmasters and
financiers are getting worried by the growing support for Ernst Zundel and our
persistent marches of support for this wrongly imprisoned man. -- Paul Fromm,
1. ACCOUNT BY MONTREAL PROTEST LEADER
There seemed to be a leak into the whereabouts of our protest, so about
40-60 reds, Jews, and other anti-free speach scum were around the area, with
their balaclavas, cameras (they've taken so many pictures of me, I have no
idea why they need any more), and various weapons. I had my car attacked while
trying to meet up with another WN at the subway. Luckily, I was not hurt, and
the damage is only to the windshield. They ran down the street after my car,
ignoring Police presence, and smashing it with various metal objects. One of
the dirty dreadlocked race mixed protesters was charged with aggravated
assault for the damage to my car, as he smashed it in front of Police, and was
The other free speach supporters, either saw the scum, and didn't stop in
the area, or got away. I'm sure they will consider this a great victory, as
our protest was not able to happen, but I think differently. Nobody will shut
us up, and we will make sure next time, we don't make the same mistakes. This
is only the beginning, and we are sure to win against these scum. Nobody was
hurt or arrested, so that's a bonus as well, considering that each party of
free-speach supporters were morbidly outnumbered.
2. ACCOUNT BY MARC LEMIRE OF TORONTO PROTEST
Today’s Zundel rally was really something.
There was probably about 30 police already there when we showed up. They
were not allowing anyone to park anywhere near the Metro West. Very hostile to
us. After meeting with the man in charge, they allowed us to park on the
street. They blocked the entire street off. On one end was our protest, at the
other the ARA was there. In the middle police cars and a paddy wagon. The
police kept both sides far away from each other (50-100+ feet)
We had the rally and did our speeches.
After the rally, we left and went to a local restaurant. This is where
things got crazy.About 20 or so ARA people showed up at the restaurant, and
ran into the bar area, where I was sitting with about 8 people talking,
enjoying a beer and watching the NFL football.
Three or four of them tried to circle me while screaming "marc lemire is a
nazi and fascists out" The leader of the ARA kept poking me and pushing me
trying to get me to react (it is clear they pay masters wanted a violent
confrontation). ARA weirdo Marcell Rodden was beside me in the bar, wearing
plastic gloves (like those used by housewives to clean the toilet) a bandana
over his face and a pair of painters glasses.
Marcell Rodden is the guy taking a picture, wearing a hat that says
While the other ARA types in the bar were yelling at the top of their lungs
that "Jack asters serves Nazi’s". Also interesting to note, the leader of the
ARA (fat shady character) threatened the restaurant owners that the "B’nai
Brith will shut this place down for serving nazis" -- Guess we know who their
money men are. Bar security tossed them out after a tense 4 or 5 minutes.
I then moved to the patio area, behind a glass partician where the ARA was
milling about at the front door to Jack Astor's. (Front door and the patio are
beside each other) I did not see what initially happened but one of the ARA
leaders was getting arrested by police. He was resisting arrest and the cops
had him on the ground. (there were only about 2 or 3 cops there at the time)
The one in the background with the bandana over his face was the one being
arrested. The chubby one in the foreground got arrested after trying to
Then, all hell broke loose. The leader of the ARA (fat shady looking
fellow, shown in above picture) and a few of his followers ran (approx 5) into
the patio area to attack me. He lunged at me … screaming we are all cowards.
He was pushed to the ground by someone, not sure what happened - but his nose
and eye was bleeding. The 2 police officers on scene, radio'ed for backup and
within about 3 minutes, there were close to 40 cops there. The entire parking
lot was closed off by them. Jack Asters security grabbed the leader of the ARA
who tried to assault me, and held him until the police arrived, where he was
About 2 or 3 tables were overturned and plenty of broken glass around.
At the end of the day. Seems two of our people were arrested. One of them
was an older man who needed a cane to walk. (… and was the target of these ARA
From what we heard - 4 or more of the ARA terrorists who attacked us were
Then we were all escorted out of the bar by police and forcefully told to
leave – on the threat of arrest if we didn’t move fast enough.