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Students report on bad conditions in G20 detention centre

Two Concordia University students, after interviewing persons released from the G20 Detention Centre, report abysmal conditions for the hundreds of persons arrested over the weekend.

In a June 28 post published on a blog called Justin & Lex @ G20, Lex Gill described those conditions as "illegal, immoral, dangerous":

It is next to impossible to set the scene of what happened at the Detention Centre. Between the two of us we estimate that we spoke to over 120 people, most of whom were released between 9:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Despite not knowing each other, the story they tell is the same.

It goes like this. Most were arrested at three locations: the Novotel on Saturday evening where the police arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters (look @spaikin on Twitter); Spadina/Queen’s Park all day Saturday and early Sunday, as people were arrested all over the downtown for many different (and often bogus) reasons; and the University of Toronto, where hundreds of Quebecers and others were woken up and arrested at gun point early Saturday morning.

What follows is a list, as detailed as we can make it in a blog post, of what we saw and heard.

A partial list of the problems:

•People were held for up to 35 hours with a single meal.

•Inadequate water, as little as an ounce every 12 hours.

•Facilities over-capacity.

•No pillows or mattresses to sleep.

•Sexual harassment of women and Queer people.

•No access to medication or medical treatment.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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