Last night many people protested against former Trump administration chief strategist and Bolsonaro adviser Steve Bannon and former Bush speechwriter David Frum who were invited to the Munk Debates at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. We republish a piece of Aleksandar Hemon on the problem of civility. Hemon was a published writer in former Yugoslavia by the time he was 26. Since 1992 he lives in the United States, where he found himself as a tourist and became stranded at the outbreak of the war in Bosnia. In his piece below Hemon says: “The idea that we’re all in this together and that we must keep talking is dangerous, just as my commitment to friendship was, because we might find ourselves wasting time and anger on a fundamentally unbalanced dialogue, where one side is armed with ideas, and the other is armed with weapons.” We added some tweets of last nights protests against Bannon in Toronto to Hemon’s piece.
Steve Bannon is a former campaign and political advisor to current US President Donald Trump and co-founder of the alt-right media platform Breitbart News. He was also involved in Bolsonaro’s election campaign in Brazil. On November 2 Bannon will visit Toronto. Toronto Against Fascismis calling for counter protests.
Call by Toronto Against Fascism (TAF) for counter protests against PEGIDA demo on November 10, 2018.
Call for counter protests against Steve Bannon and David Frum by Toronto Against Fascism.
On September 8, the racist far-right group PEGIDA and their friends the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, Northern Guard, and Canadian Combat Coalition got together for one of their now regular meetups and public displays of racism and Islamophobia. This time, it seemed they were particularly interested in using the upcoming anniversary of 9/11 to forward their anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant message. This is one individual’s report back on the day; ARC also has a good timeline and photos.
In Toronto at least, it’s abundantly clear that the police protect the nazis. This has been apparent at several heavily-policed events over the last two years there and is becoming so extreme that it’s hard to tell if the people harassing and assaulting antifa counter-protestors at rallies held by Islamophobes and bigots are the nazi rally participants or the kkkops in the Toronto Police Service.
Call by the Toronto General Defense Committee (GDC) and Toronto Against Fascism to oppose the far-Right and Islamophobic group, PEGIDA.
Toronto: As part of the International Day Against Police Brutality (March 15th), members of the community put up posters around major intersections university campuses in the downtown area last night.
On the first day of PDAC’s 2017 gathering, March 5, a small group of Indigenous activists and allies unveiled a banner at the booth of Denison Mines, a uranium company with a shared responsibility for the devastation of the Serpent River watershed (Anishinaabe / Ojibway territory, northern Ontario).