Summit Arrests Hit Close to Home

I just got a frantic phone call from a good friend of mine.

She thinks her boyfriend was picked up during the U of T raids this morning.

She couldn’t get through to the legal advocates and she can’t even leave them a message.

If he got picked up, I am sure he is fine- it’s the not knowing that is the worst.

He was at the university, hanging out with other protestors- among them anarchists from Quebec.

Wrong place, very wrong time.

Considering everything that happened yesterday, the authorities are erring on the side of caution and he got caught up in the fray. I may not agree with his politics but he is a good and decent person- the kind of person who would not harm a fly.

But tensions are high and the media spotlight is bright. We are in a situation where you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The middle, reasonable way was ruined by those who brought the powder keg and then lit it.

I am not prepared to point fingers and I am not prepared to take anyone’s word for it- from any side. I am more than a little disturbed by the way the media has edited “promos” representing what happened yesterday and the language being used by those covering it on the street.

We are all capable of critical reasoning but emotions are running high. It is very easy to get caught up in what happens around us.

I am not a religious person but I pray that he and those around him stay frosty- that this will become a story that will become a jumping point for debate and eventually something we can laugh, or at the very least, not be bitter about.

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~ by angryegg on June 27, 2010.

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