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Originally posted by Gamma MO
My son was one of the ones arrested. He was with the group of 150 peaceful protestors in front of the Novotel on Saturday night. The riot police came down every street in lines drumming their shields, herded them together and charged every single person there with something or another.
My son was kept in a giant dog cage for 26 hours in a big warehouse. He was given 2 oz of water every 5 hours and a bun with a cheese slice. His cage was near the thermostat and he saw they had turned up the A/C as high as possible so that's why everyone was freezing. Many had there shoes and socks taken away so they had to stand on the cold concrete.
The cage next to his, a young girl was sobbing and begging the police for her medicine...they ignored her. They had one special cage just for kids! My son said all these people looked 14 years old or younger. Some of the cages had no portapotties so they had to use the floor.
Here is a video of the actual arrests in front of the Novotel hotel. My son was sitting on the pavement singing a John Lennon song at the time of the arrest. He was charge with obstructing a police officer, a charge that was dropped when he was released.
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. [...]
What follows is a list, as detailed as we can make it in a blog post, of what we saw and heard.