Demonstration in Montreal to protest against executions in Egypt

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On Friday, the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy  held a demonstration  to protest against what they see as increasing injustices in Egypt.

Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian President, was sentenced to death on May 16th for  allegedly escaping prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. He fell from power in 2013 after massive popular protests.

Participants at the demonstration in Montreal were flying egyptian flags and singing for peace and justice in their country of origin.

CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux was there to bring us this story.

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Migrant Sex Workers Discuss Discourses of “Anti-Trafficking”

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On May 12th, the Migrant Sex Worker’s Project and Butterfly, an Asian and migrant sex workers support network, held a forum in Toronto to discuss some of the problems with discourse of “anti-trafficking”. Following the event, CKUT’s Emily Enhorning spoke with Elene Lam, founder of Butterfly, about some of these issues.

Anarchist Bookfair Live Broadcast

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On Saturday, May 23rd, CKUT did a live broadcast from the Anarchist Bookfair in Saint Henri, Montreal. The event gathered artists, booksellers, zinesters, distributors and groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America and beyond. Over the course of the weekend, they were sharing their publications and materials, most of which are hard or impossible to find at mainstream book stores. Furthermore, there was the Anarchist Film Festival, featuring alternative films and documentaries, and two themed rooms: the Autonomous Media Room led by CKUT, and the Anti-Canada room.

The live broadcast features interviews with Marianne, a member of the organization team, publishers, local and international artists and book lovers; such as Beehive Design Collective, AK Press, DIRA, On Our Own Authority Publishing, and many more. All of these punctuated by great musical breaks!

CKUT’s news coordinator Aaron Lakoff along with the radio’s members Antoine Cadaux, Anouk Millet and Anya Sivajothy, and some new faces.

Demonstration Against Shock Treatment: Report from Site

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An important international demonstration happened in Toronto on May 16, where people gathered to protest against psychiatric electroshock treatment. It was organized by the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) and happened simultaneously in over 25 cities around the world.

CKUT had a chance to interview Don Weitz, an insulin subcoma shock survivor before the demonstration, which you can find HERE. He shared why the protest is a historic event and what is special about it. CKUT wants to thank Aishwarya Singh for being present during the protest on May 16th and providing the materials for us, which allowed CKUT to report on its happenings.

The gathering included many shock survivors willing to tell others about their experiences, either by reading from the book or by a spoken word, to prevent further violence from electroshock activity. There was chanting and passionate cheering, which proved just how much the subject should be addressed.

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Interview with Clayton Thomas-Muller on the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

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A broad coalition of groups, representing hundreds of thousands of people across Canada, hosted a press conference in Toronto yesterday to announce plans for the “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The march will call for a justice-based transition to a clean-energy economy in Canada, and is expected to attract thousands of people in Toronto on July 5, on the eve of the Climate Summit of the Americas and Pan American Economic Summit.

Anouk Millet of the CKUT news collective spoke with Indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, organizer with 350.org, to bring us more.

LGBT Rights during War in Ukraine

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From left to right: Jordan Arsenaut, a moderator, Marusya Bociurkiw, a filmmaker and Anna Dovgopol, a Ukraine human rights activist

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On May 14th Montreal had a chance to host a sneak preview of the documentary by a Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw called “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the War in Ukraine” (2015), which focuses on the consequences of Ukrainian Euromaidan Revolution in modern Ukraine and its occupied regions. The film preview and discussion were co-presented by Cinema Politica, the Concordia University Research Chair in Sexual Representation & in Documentary. They were followed by the discussion with a Ukraine human rights activist Anna Dovgopol who is knowledgable about the current perception of LGBT community in Ukraine. She is also a Gender Democracy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Boell Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, responsible for supporting LGBT/queer, feminist and gender initiatives.

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Hassan Diab denied bail, continues to protest his innocence in the face of terrorism charges

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Hassan Diab, a former professor at the University of Ottawa, is currently imprisoned in Fleury-Merogis prison in France facing terrorism charges. Extradited to France in November of 2014, the case against Diab is built on shoddy evidence that would almost definitely not result in his conviction in the Canadian judicial system, the judge who oversaw his case has asserted. Based on this evidence, Diab was denied bail in March, but he, his loved ones, and activists continue to raise awareness of his wrongful incarceration and fight to procure his freedom. To learn more, we spoke to Donald Pratt, a member of the Hassan Diab support committee.