Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 17, 2010 21:10 ET

OFL President Sid Ryan Stands His Ground: Reiterates Call for Assurance That Police Will Not Use Agents-Provocateurs During G20 Summit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - The President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands by his call for assurance that police and other private security personnel contracted to provide security during the G20 summit will not use agents-provocateurs during the G20 protests planned for next week, including the labour-led rally and march on June 26.

"These concerns are far from 'groundless,' as suggested by Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack," said Sid Ryan, President of the OFL. "The fact is there have been numerous documented cases of police infiltration of demonstrations at protests around the world, including Canada."

"We are planning a peaceful, family-friendly demonstration. Our job would be much easier if we knew that we won't be dealing with agents-provocateurs as we saw during the Montebello protest against the Security and Prosperity Partnership," said Ryan. "We call on the Prime Minister of Canada to assure us that such tactics will not be used during the G20."

"I am very concerned that there could be political pressure from the federal Conservative government to use police to provoke a situation that will lead to arrests—purely to justify the enormous security costs of the G20 Summit," said Ryan. "And frankly, that should be a concern for the police union as well."

For examples of police infiltration and provocation, please see the following links:

Union leader exposes police provocateurs at SPP protest in Montebello, Quebec (VIDEO): http://bit.ly/aGicy2

Quebec police admit they went undercover at Montebello protest: http://bit.ly/dvj7KY

Council of Canadians demands Prime Minister Harper rule out agents provocateurs at G20: http://bit.ly/dhqCmL

Police Infiltrate Protests, Videotape Shows: http://nyti.ms/aLyr4w

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Pam Frache
    416-578-3472 (cell)
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    416-209-0066 (cell)