Lawyers say 16 still in custody on G20 charges


For many people, the G20 was so last weekend. But according to the Movement Defense Committee (MDC), 16 people remain in custody after being arrested during the summit weekend.

The MDC, a group of lawyers providing support to G20 protesters, hosted a press conference this morning calling for release of the remaining 16 individuals and an independent inquiry into police summit actions.

"Those individuals who were arrested are clearly political prisoners," said MDC lawyer Ryan White. "They are individuals who were caught up in the state's overreaching of their police powers and these individuals, first and foremost, should be freed as soon as possible."

Even if, uh, they actually did do something wrong?

White said the 16 individuals are being held on charges including conspiracy, possession of dangerous weapons, mischief and obstruction of justice.

He said the protesters were arrested "specifically because of the political stance they had taken."


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