Archive | May, 2017

End the attacks on the International office of the 32CSM

31 May

Last Wednesday police surrounded the 32CSM International office and tried to force their way inside. Our comrade refused to let them in and police began taunting the comrade saying stuff like ahhh come on we just wanna talk” and decided the the front lawn of the office was a camping ground as the just surrounded the house and set up camp. Luckily our comrade knew another way and escaped to our lawyers office. The next day two woman comrades were approached and questioned about myself, the 32CSM and the Royal Visit.

Friday morning my dad was interrogated by the police and and asked about my whereabouts as well as my cellphone number . At this point we approached the community liaison officer for the Waterloo Regional Police who said he had no idea about this nor has he heard anything, in other words the on the ground police were unaware that this was going on. We also approached the mayors office and other sources in power where we learned that this questioning was from out of town cops whom were quite interested in the royal visit and the 32CSM.

With this information and the information that I would be detained we approached the Waterloo Regional Police whom we knew would try to downplay it which works in our favor as if they plan any dirty shit we can expose them legally.

When I went in the room was totally silent and out of no where w woman cop comes all chipper and tells us this story that is so script, and kinda like yeah i dont mind all of you taping me please get these sound bites. anyways youse can see the video yourselves. Another update today someone else ws interrogated about me if what they say in the video is true isnt it case closed?

Some other questions if it was because of hate crimes wouldn’t the community liaison officer know, what does the 32CSM have to do with this, Why encircle our office to interrogate someone who is clearly not me? What does the royal visit have to do with this and whats with the sheep like strange silence when I first walk before Ms. Perky comes and is all smiling for the cameras.

Actions Across Canada To End the anti Romanian attack on Dr. Camelia Smicală Jalaskoski

27 May

Dr. Camelia being attacked by police

Last Sunday people in Kitchener, Toronto, Guelph and Montreal took to the streets in support of Dr. Camelia Smicală Jalaskoski whose children were taken away due to the anti Romanian sectarianism in Finland. Camelia, a Romanian doctor married a Finish man who was abusive and an alcoholic. She divorced him and as a result of the anti Romanian sentiment in Finland custody was granted to the husband. Due to his negligence the state took the children and when they ran away to their mother the police physically and violently removed them. She is currently facing a six month sentence as a result of this.

Given the racist nature of the courts people across Canada took to the streets to say enough is enough. From Toronto to Montreal people took a stand in defence of her right to have her children as well as condemned the Romanian government who priorities licking the boots of the EU ti defending its own citizens. This is the first in a series of actions that we will be taking to struggle for her children to be returned. People were quite receptive and as a result we will be planing a phone jam of the Finnish Govt demanding that her children be returned as well as her sentence be dropped.


Independent observers description of visit to Freddy Barsoum’s mom nursing home

16 May

We went to see freddy’s mother today again, but this time we were many. 6 of us, including Freddy, went to the Care Center in Kitchener-Waterloo with the Power of Attorney paperwork. Our mission was simple : bring Freddy’s mother home peacefully.

We had gone the day before and the nurse in all her arrogance demanded to see Freddy’s Power of Attorney. Well when we came back the next day, we were barred from seeing her. The staff that came out to deal with this problem were higher-ups in management, including the one and only Debby Riepert, Chief Operating Officer. They insisted that there was « new information », that there was a « new Power of Attorney ». When we demanded to see it, they refused. They called the police on us for standing in the lobby silently and peacefully in support of Freddy.

« Where’s Reg? Have you called Reg? » said one of the head nurses. Reg being Freddy’s brother who is one of the orchestrators of the kidnapping

Debby insisted on saying multiple lies to our group and to us. As the leadership of the Care Center, for her to lie in order to seperate a family, in front of Freddy and his supporters. Trying to divide our group by saying to me that « I know what it looks like, but you don’t have the full story. I understand why you are here ». I told her that I understand why she is here much more than she understands anything about why I was there.

Here are a couple of Debby’s lies :

-That court is over
-That there is a new power of attorney
-That Freddy’s is deceiving his supporters
-That Freddy can only see his mother alone and not accompanied by anyone else

Little did Debby know, we have managed to record her lies and she will be exposed.

As so many people die alone, without family who love and care for them, this struggle shows the absurdity of this system we live in : 5 people are fighting to visit Mary Barsoum, and the so-called « Care »center that is supposed to be watching for her health will not allow her to see people, and insists on keeping her isolated.

That re-affirmed our commitment, as a group of indigenous, white and migrant, women, men and trans, straight and queer but ALL of us working class supporters of Freddy’s struggle for for his mother. We have the confirmation that ours is the struggle for life, love, peace and respect and theirs is the struggle for collective

Statement from the 32CSM

16 May

On behalf of the 32CSM I congratulate you in taking a stand to create an broad based organization to fight racism and colonialism in Ireland and So called Canada. Canada like Ireland is a settler state build on the backs on the Indigenous territories that they occupy. To the colonizer all we are is cheap resources and we create the vast market of unemployable labor, the cheap tool of the capitalists to keep workers in their place.

We stand with you
in your struggle for freedom

as your struggle is our struggle and by creating this organization of Irish Republicans, native folx, and settlers we are building a new road to unity and a solidarity of the people who will not only be able to resist the british empire and their commonwealth puppets
but will be able to defend our movements for sovereignty, as an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We congratulate you not only for standing with us but fomenting resistance in the colony weakening the empire until it will collapse and our day will come

Revolutionary Greetings From Halifax

16 May

“On behalf of The Provisional Unit of The International Department of The 32 County Sovereignty Movement in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

It is with great enthusiasm I write you with the prospect of establishing a permanent International Unit of the 32CSM here in Halifax. Early last month comrade Julian Ichim traveled here from Kitchener-Waterloo to assist in a small public roundtable discussion at the public library concerning the current state of political prisoners and POWs at the hands of the British imperialists, as well as the current conditions in the occupied 6 counties. Though few, gathered in attendance were friends, family, comrades from the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and the No Harbour for War organization.

Given the arrival of the Irish in Nova Scotia, known amongst them as ‘The Land of The Fish’ (Talimh An Eisc) in the 1600’s, their relations with the Scot and Ulster Scot settlers, Acadians, First Nations Mi’kmaq and other oppressed peoples, the growing Irish diaspora here in the Maritimes and indeed all of Atlantic Canada including Newfoundland has given both me and Julian enthusiasm in establishing a sizeable and prominent unit of the 32CSM here in Halifax.

I eagerly await further communication,



Anti Internment Munster in support of the newly founded Anti Internment in Occupied Canada on 11 May 2017.

16 May

This is the speech from Anti Internment Munster in support of the newly founded Anti Internment in Occupied Canada on 11 May 2017.
Honoured delegates, comrades and supporters. It is with great joy that we here in Ireland welcome the established of an anti internment group to support POWs and Political Activists that have been wrongfully interned and jailed right here in Occupied Canada. The state called Canada as you all know is a settler state that has persecuted and oppressed the First Nations peoples, the Quebecois who fought and continue to fight for their independence and the Gaels or Gaelic community of Irish and Scottish exiles who either fled or were banished from their homelands for resisting Brit rule, genocide and invasion of their homes and lands. We in Ireland know full well what you all are suffering there in Occupied Canada even if many of your own people either don’t know or don’t want to know. All praise and honour to those of the Anti Internment in Occupied Canada who have gathered here today to show support and resistance towards the forces of imperialism and oppression that are current and widespread throughout Occupied Canada. You have a long hard road ahead of you and many difficult and dangerous struggles ahead but in the end you will win through. All you have to do is keep the faith and stay true to the cause of freedom and independence of all of the oppressed and persecuted in Occupied Canada today. Counter revolutionaries and other hostile and non progressive forces will try all in their power to defeat you but you will stay strong and true to your mission to stand up and fight for those who are not in a position to stand up and fight for themselves and their families. The continued struggle of the Gaels of Nova Scotia for language rights and recognition is the exact same fight that the Quebecois fought from 1763-1995 when after many bitter and bloody struggles and after almost voting for independence losing only by the smallest margin in election history inwhich 49.95% of them voted of independence did the Canadian occupation government and regime finally pay full and proper attention and respect to the French language in Canada. And they only done that to avoid another and possible future successive referendum. The process towards language victory for the Quebecois began as a result of the armed struggle or war waged by the FLQ from 1963-1971/1976 and it was only after a fierce war had been waged did the Anglo settler enemy begin to give ground and accept the French language and culture in Occupied Canada. The same is true of the Metis and other First Nations peoples today. And the same will be true for the Gaels of Nova Scotia who have suffered language genocide and almost complete extinction of the very unique dialect known as Canadian Gaelic. Very few know that Nova Scotia is the beating heart of Celtic language and culture in North America and some would say the whole of the Americas. That reason alone is why you in Anti Internment in Occupied Canada or AIOC have to fight on for the freedom and rights of all Prisoners of War in Ireland, Palestine and Occupied Canada as well as many other places around the world. You are not alone comrades you are apart of the wider Anti internment movement and struggle in Ireland and across the world and you will never march or protest or fight on your own because comrades we here in the Anti Internment Munster will always be standing beside and alongside you.

Statement from Revolutionary Student Movement of Montreal

16 May

Friends and comrades,
On behalf of the Revolutionary Student Movement of Montreal we apologize for being unable to attend this important event in person and we send our warmest revolutionary greetings to all of you who came out today to learn about and discuss issues of territorial occupation and political repression. We have chosen, as our second best option, to share this brief statement with you, outlining our views on these questions and sharing some of our own experience.
All working people have to live with the fact that the state in which we live, the Canadian state, is hostile to us, with the fact that it has been built over time by the ruling class of this country to protect itself from us, to insure that it always has a steady supply of cheap labour and to stay on top, to crack down on any organized opposition to capitalist rule. For the rich and powerful, Canada is indeed a democracy. For us, it is nothing more than the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.
Under these conditions, it is entirely unsurprising that the police and similar armed bodies target some of the most exploited sectors of the working class (including, for instance, immigrants, those who live in poor neighbourhoods, etc.), not only through the application of capitalist law, but also outside of what this law prescribes (we can think, for instance, of the illegal, racist practice of carding). It is also no surprise that serious any political opposition to the ruling class is met with fierce repression. This is even more true for Indigenous nations, for which the Canadian state’s attacks often take an openly terroristic form, that of territorial occupation. Now, to continue, we wish to share some of our own experience with the phenomenon of political repression with you.
In 2011, four communist comrades organized in or around the Quebec District of the Revolutionary Communist Party were arrested and charged relative to the traditional May Day street demonstration, which had turned into a fight opposing demonstrators and the pigs. However, because of their political involvement, the police did not stop at merely applying bourgeois law: it went much further. Homes were searched, people considered close to the Party or to the accused were visited by investigators in their homes and workplaces, and it became very easy to see that the clash that happened during the May Day march was largely being used as a pretext to gather information on the Communists, and to try and pin a series of bombings carried out during the 2000s by a group called the “Internationalist Resistance Initiative” on them.
The GAMMA squad of the Montreal police (tasked with repressing anticapitalist dissent) handled the arrests and the investigation, and the head detective on the case was known to be involved with the Équipe intégrée sur la securité nationale, an anti-terrorist outfit which connects local police, provincial police, the RCMP and the CSIS. The RCMP itself got involved, carrying out a harassment campaign against those close to the accused and party supporters. Thus, we can begin to see the contours of an openly political form of repression emerging. We also see the ways in which the judicial and repressive system seeks to attack our movement, by drawing non-existing links between armed revolutionary actions and those who, currently, simply advocate for such a form of struggle.
We know that we are not alone in facing such anti-people state action. We also know that the ruling class here, and ruling classes abroad, make use of means much more vicious and brutal to suppress movements that have reached a higher stage of struggle, that threathen them in a more immediate manner. It is true of the Indigenous nations here, and of the genuine Irish republicans abroad, among other examples.
In knowing that we are not alone, and that others live and fight through attacks more vicious than those we have had to face, we are heartened, because this means that there is a potential for our movement to grow despite repression. It also means that there is a real place for revolutionary solidarity, here and now. It is in this spirit that we address you today.
Red salute!
All power to the people!
Long live the Quebec District of the Revolutionary Communist Party!

Anti Internment Occupied Canada Launched

16 May

On Thursday a variety of social forces came together to create the group Anti Internment Occupied Canada. The purpose of this group is to fight for the freedom of all Irish POWS as well as the political prisoners and prisoners of colonialism in Occupied Canada.

A statement of unity based on 4 Points was adopted as well as intense discussion on the situation in Ireland and here. The four points are

1. Support the just liberation struggle of the Irish and Indigenous people against colonialism.
2. Non(political) Sectarian defense of ALL Irish POWS regardless of political affiliation
3.Refuse to recognize the right of the colonialist courts to try Indigenous people, refuse to recognize the legitimacy of settler british occupational forces in Ireland as well as here
4. Support Indigenous and Irish initiatives for sovereignty.

The event was full of many speeches including speeches from our comrades in Toronto who run the Sunday servings and do community patrols. The comrade from this group talked about as Indigenous people their responsibility to the territory as well the great law of peace, the only legitimate law of this territory. Another comrade spoke about Indigenous prisoners, as well as speeches from Halifax, Montreal, and Ireland were read. This was finished by a presentation of political repression of the Quebecois and the birth of the resistance movement, as well as lessons from the student strike in 2013.

The meeting ended with great unity around the creation of this project.

Independent observer and Freddy Barsoum denied visit to Freddy’s Mom

11 May

Today I went to see Mary Barsoum, Freddy’s mother, at the Care Centre. As we spoke to the reception, right away it they did not want to let Freddy see his mother in my presence. The secretary and the nurse both insisted that Mrs. Barsoum is not allowed to see her own son if he has a guest with him. This was obviously not the case one week ago when Freddy went to the Care Center with a different guest. Surely, they were not sure who I was and were worried. Maybe I’m a lawyer who can expose them? After asking why we couldn’t see Mary Barsoum together (oh, the dining room is too small), we asked if we could see her in the lobby of the Care Center all together. The nurse answered yes right away, at the same time that the secretary answered no. We were able to get her to promise to bring out Mary Barsoum at 6pm, after dinner was over, to the lobby.
As we waited for Mrs. Barsoum, the reception began to back down from what they were saying before. We can’t promise anything, said the secretary. As we tried to understand why the promise made 10 minutes earlier was not being kept, the nurse came back and informed us that “a new rule has been put in place”.
“Mary is only allowed to see 1 person at a time” said the nurse. We were confused about this “new rule”, and pressed to find out more. We were told that the new rule was made by the manager, and that it was not made for the reason of protecting the health or security of Mary Barsoum, but was made because “there are a lot of problems around this person”, so personal issues.
The nurse also advised us that if we did not want to listen that “we can call the police to escort you out”. This was maybe one of the most shocking parts of the day at all.
In what nursing home in Canada are people only allowed to visit one at a time? Even in jail, prisoners are allowed to see more than 1 person at a time. How is this cover up unraveling before us, but the police are still being used as the guard dogs of the reactionary and colonial policies?
In this society where people don’t or can’t go to visit their parents and grandparents, and where the elderly are condemned to pass their dying days among strangers, away from their communities and families, here are 2 people trying to see Mary Barsoum out of care and interest, and the Care Center, the secretary, the janitor and the nurse, all of them supposedly responsible for Mrs. Barsoums health and security, is blocking us from seeing her.
As 6pm approached, the time we were supposed to see Mrs. Barsoum, Freddy’s niece shows up at the Care Center. She strolled in, and was acting surprised that we were there. She knew the pass code to exit the Center, and was trying to find all kinds of information on me. Freddy’s niece was sent by Reggie, who was notified that we had arrived at the Care Center as soon as we signed in. His niece has become intertwined and wound up in this story, and has now been forced to choose a side. Unfortunately for her, she chose the wrong one. She chose the side of the colonial State that promotes elder abuse. She chose to be someone called in to intimidate and bully Freddy into backing down. But Freddy did not back down.
We had no choice to leave at that time, because we were officially under surveillance of Reg via his daughter.
What shocked me was how the workers of the Center just went along with this plot to separate Mary Barsoum from her power of attorney. How can the workers get roped into saying lies, inventing stories about phone calls, “new rules”, policies that are “put in place for the resident’s safety”, and many other such nonsense?
If I was working at a nursing home, I would refuse to play games and lie to families. I would tell whoever asked me to do that that there is no way I am getting involved in a web of lies just for my boss. I don’t understand why they would do that, how can this be so? We need solidarity among all of us, we are all in the same boat. We all want to have a good life for us and our loved ones. We must continue to fight because clearly there are forces at play here that are much larger than one nurse, one secretary, and one janitor. There is a whole system blocked Mary Barsoum from her son, and we want to let all those that would stand in the way of justice know this:
We will fight for the right of a family to stay together and be happy, and if that means taking the whole system down with us, we will do it.


Public meeting a success followed by sit in at mayors office and meeting with the mayor

11 May

inside the mayors office with a woman who needs housing NOW

public meeting myself speaking

us with the mayor after our discussion

Today we held a community consultation on the proposal that we are putting forward to deal with poverty homelessness and unemployment. The meeting was well attended and after people read the proposal there were several suggestions that we added to the working documents. These points are 1. Separation between dry spaces and wet spaces, eg don’t house addicts with family’s with kids or recovering people 2. That drug testing kits be widely supplied and harm reduction work pushed forward with the goal of opening a safe injection side 3. that community workers work with people in the low income housing to find barriers that they are dealing with and find solutions 4. protective space for children and family’s and also services for people whom just got out of prison.

This was followed by a lovely discussion that led to us to the doorstep of the mayors office where we had a very positive visit. We discussed the proposal with him and agreed to renew our working relationship, we discussed ways in which we can combat the opiate drug epidemic and reminded him that he said he would help people whom we are having issues getting into housing into housing. After the mayor talked to the woman who has many physical and mental health issues he took down her name and a project was started for the mayor to personally make sure the wheels of the system turn properly. The mayor thanked us for our work and told us that the next meeting will be attended by himself and or other people from his office and will assist with our proposal. If you are interested in getting the proposal please email me at

All in all today was a success and we are happy that we are moving forward.