We were alerted to this by a regular commentator to our site here. During the “troubles” at last week’s G20 meeting, it seems that mayoral candidate, Selwyn Firth, was one of the 900 people arrested and jailed. He gives an account of it at the above link.
Although we profiled Mr. Firth a while back in our Meet A Mayoral Candidate series, we cannot say that we know him personally. We exchanged a few emails in preparation for the post and did witness him in person when he spoke at the Better Ballots debate at Hart House last month. So our impression of him is not what you might call anything more than superficial. For all we know, he might be a raving lunatic and fiery anarchist intent on the destruction of our capitalist system.
All signs hardly point in that direction however. Mr. Firth strikes us as far more of the gentle sort, soft spoken, bookish even. He certainly isn’t a big man or an imposing figure. Non-threatening might be the apt descriptor. So to read through his account of how he was man-handled and bullied by our police is nothing short of shocking, frankly.
As written by Mr. Firth, the police last weekend were not serving and protecting (unless of course we’re talking about matters of property) but rather, intimidating and strong-arming.
What may be even more worrisome in this whole sad chapter of the city is the response to the questionable tactics used by both our elected officials and those in charge of keeping the peace on the ground. Protestor’s should’ve listened to what they were being told. They were warned. They got what they deserved. Police did the best they could in trying circumstances…
The Italian name of the movement, fascismo, is derived from fascio, “bundle, (political) group,” but also refers to the movement’s emblem, the fasces, a bundle of rods bound around a projecting axe-head that was carried before an ancient Roman magistrate by an attendant as a symbol of authority and power. [bolding ours]
[A] movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism.
By denouncing the violence perpetrated against property by the group calling itself the Black Bloc last Saturday yet condoning the use of it against people by our police forces, we reveal a disturbing knee-jerk acquiesence to authority and those wielding the most amount of power in our society. When the going gets tough we show ourselves to be, at heart, illiberal and anti-democratic.
The arrest and incarceration of Selwyn Firth was highly dubious and very questionable. His physical mistreatment is nothing short of eye-poppingly outrageous.
— submitted by Cityslikr