Freddy Barsoum Illegally Arrested In Attempt To Criminalize His Just Struggle For the Return of His Mother As Well As To Shut Down 32CSM International Office.

1 Jul

Today as we were preparing to go and reclaim the 32CSM International Office and Freddy’s mom’s house, Police in collusion with his brother pre-emptively arrested Freddy. They refused to present the documents to Freddy or allow his to contact his counsel and searching through his possessions without any warrant or authorization in public. They did not respond to Freddy’s demand to see a mental health official or even present the documents outside of the police vehicle wherein they could be alone with Freddy and out of public view. Freddy’s legal and personal rights were trampled on in an increasingly brazen escalation of repression. The police were particularly forceful and intimidating owing to their repeated inability to unlawfully detain me. This follows the police’s pattern of targeting those closest to me to isolate me and demonstrate their power to punish me by kidnapping and hurting those I care about most. It’s sad that Freddy’s last words to me after we spotted his brother was not concern for himself but rather concern for himself but rather for my safety because his brother is prone to violent outbursts. The cafe that claims to have been helping Freddy in this struggle kicked us out and effectively left us on our own with knowledge that the police were targeting not just Freddy but all of us. A comrade of ours who had been attempting to film the arrest was also taken for questioning and identification by the police with the express purpose of impeding his attempts to record the proceedings during the time Freddie’s brother (with his prior history of aggression and intimidation against Freddy) was circling the cafe hunting for Freddy (as if the police were sincerely unable to tell the difference between a 65 year old Egyptian man and a 24 year old Anglo-Quebecois). During the arrest, the police cornered Freddy, intimidated him by repeatedly laying their hands on both their tasers and their firearms, and tried to remove him out of sight of the public. On a positive note in this bitter time of the ongoing cycle of shameful repression and resolute resistance, our comrades who had been present trying to assist Freddy and thwart the attempts of police were approached by community members who expressed a range of sentiments from concern for Freddy’s ongoing predicament and his campaign for justice to gratitude for recording the events and requests for information about the situation. We commend other members of the Community who bravely stepped in and interrupted the police’s attempt to take Freddy into custody with questions about his rights and the legitimacy of their attempt to arrest him.

Although they stated that it was for mental health reasons, no mental health workers were present and as of this moment our lawyers have not been able to determine which hospital he is being held in. Despite police claims that he is being held at Grand River Hospital, the hospital staff denied that Freddy was being held there.

Freddy is not diagnosed with any serious mental illness and in the past Freddy’s brother and the police have tried to do this to him and the doctors have given him a clean bill of health.

We feel that his arrest is part of a greater plan to destroy legal documents that will show Freddy’s claim to the home. Evidence of this is that when his house was illegally seized he asked if he could remove his belongings the police stated that he could until he started removing his court documents from the house. Police promised on camera that within 72 hours he would be able to return to the home to collect his legal documents. With Freddy out of the picture they can carry on shredding documents and destroying evidence that supports Freddy’s just claim.

This attack also helps the police to illegally shut down the 32CSM office however in both attempts they will fail as I have copies of a number of crucial documents in my possession hidden despirsed across the city in numerous house of our comrades and supporters. Some of these documents include evidence that before Freddy had the power of attourney, his brother was stealing money from his mother and having quite a good time with her having to pick up the tab and we have no problem making these documents public. Furthermore the 32CSM international department has obtain another office that will be functioning by the end of next week. Included are videos of Freddy’s arrest. A callout for a phone jam to free our comrade immediately will be put out shortly. If anyone wishes to come forward with information please contact me at these attacks on the 32CSM International Department and our comrades do not phase us and strengthen our resolution to intensify both our struggle for a 32 country united ireland and the return of Freddy’s mom. By these actions the crown forces are exposing themselves and showing people how little rule of law means to them. We will continue our struggle till final victory. Victory belongs to us.

Video Footage of the Arrest


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