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Leading Canadian Peace Activist Targeted by Home Break-In in Lead-Up to G20

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As we continue our G20 coverage, we hear from Sid Lacombe, the national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. Lacombe had his house broken into and ransacked in the lead-up to the G20 summit. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: Also in Toronto, I spoke with Sid Lacombe. He was in front of the US consulate in Toronto. He’s the national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. I spoke to him just before he was planning to march toward the major demonstrations that were happening on Saturday. He described how his house was broken into and ransacked the night before.

    SID LACOMBE: My name is Sid Lacombe. I’m the national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. And what happened was, last night, I just got home after we were out at the shout-out for global justice with everyone else, and I got back to my house, and the entire place had been ransacked, drawers pulled, things removed. There were certain things stolen, but a peculiar collection of things that were stolen. The tools were stolen, but the money on the dresser was not touched. All of the files were clearly rooted through, back and forth. And whoever this was was sophisticated enough to get through two sets of combination deadbolts without even a scratch, which is not the common thing you see in my neighborhood. It’s usually someone who smashes through a window.

    We don’t know what this is, precisely, but I mean, you know, coming on the day before the G20 mobilization, as one of the organizers at the rally here today, we assume that there’s some sort of a — actually, what should I say on that? I haven’t actually gone through that particular part of it yet. So, yeah, I mean, there has been other sort of intimidation of other activists. People were rounded up last night. There were six activists — organizers apparently were picked up last night. So I’m just wondering if it was the fact that I wasn’t home at that moment that means that I didn’t end up getting picked up under those circumstances. But it’s clearly quite suspicious that this would have happened at this moment and that, you know, again, they would not have stolen electronics and the money and all of those sorts of bits and pieces. But ultimately it is about, I mean, the police presence that you’ve seen all throughout the week in the lead-up to the G20 here, where we’ve seen really, really over-the-top police presence and, you know, attacks on people and searches, constant sort of violations of civil liberties.

    AMY GOODMAN: Are you saying you had two deadbolts on your door, two deadbolts on your door?

    SID LACOMBE: It’s on the outside door and inside door. And both of them, again, not a scratch on anything.

AMY GOODMAN: Sid Lacombe is coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. We were speaking about 1:00 on Saturday of the major protest. It was raining outside. He had joined other peace activists, as well as a mother of a Canadian soldier who was serving in Afghanistan. She was speaking out against the war in front of the US consulate in Toronto. They were joining the mass march that was taking place that day. This, again, the G8/G20 summit was happening. And just hours before, his home had been broken into. And that was just hours after, or he assumed, he and thousands of other people packed into Toronto’s Massey Hall, the largest in Canada’s largest city, to oppose the G20 agenda.

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