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Ottawa, March 19, 2012 – At 12:01am on Wednesday, March 14, Ottawa-based activist and progressive blogger, Obert Madondo, started an indefinite hunger strike whose key demand is that the Parliament of Canada should immediately repeal the new Safe Streets and Communities Act (formerly omnibus crime Bill C-10). Earlier, Madondo had appealed to the Governor General of Canada to use the Crown’s reserve powers to either withhold or reserve Royal Assent to Bill C-10.
In a letter sent to Canadian MPs this afternoon, Madondo said that the Act is the epitome of state abuse of power, the law and resources. He argued that the making of the Act was a tyrannical abuse of Canadian democratic institutions and parliamentary process.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Mar. 14, 2012:
Starting at 12:01am today, I embarked on an indefinite hunger strike to demand that Canada’s new Safe Streets and Communities Act (omnibus crime Bill C-10) be immediately repealed. Earlier, I appealed to the Governor General of Canada, David Johnson, to use the Crown’s reserve powers to either withhold or reserve Royal Assent to Bill C-10. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tyrannical will prevailed, just as it did when the House of Commons and Senate shamefully passed Bill C-10. The bill reportedly received royal assent Tuesday afternoon.
As a result I will now continue the hunger strike until the Act is repealed in its entirety. I’ll carry out the action in my apartment here in Ottawa.
At 12:01am today, I embarked on an indefinite hunger strike against the Canadian Conservative Government’s new crime law, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (omnibus crime Bill C-10). I am an activist, progressive political blogger and Permanent Resident of Canada. This law, and many others being passed by the government, is the epitome of state abuse of power, the law and resources. My revised demands are:
- Repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act.
- Split up Budget Bill C-38
- Scrap “Immigration Exclusion” Bill C-31
- Scrap Internet surveillance Bill C-30
- Former Ottawa Police chief, Senator Vernon White, must resign.
- National inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.
I will continue the hunger strike until all the demands are fulfilled. I’ll carry out the peaceful action in my apartment here in Ottawa, and will undertake public actions, including regular visits to Parliament Hill.