No One Is Illegal-Montreal Radio
part of CKUT’s Open Conspiracy for Social Change
Free Trevor Miller! ::: political prisoner from Six Nations
Justice for Mohamed Anas Bennis! ::: Killed by the Montreal police
Listen to our December 2006 show online at:
MONTREAL, December 12, 2006 — Yesterday, TREVOR MILLER, 31, of Six Nations was again denied release at a bail review hearing. He has been in custody since August, for his participation in the Land Reclamation on the Grand River Territory in Ontario. Trevor Miller is an indigenous political prisoner who remains steadfast in his refusal to accept the authority of colonial Canadian courts, and demands to be released to his own people.
Meanwhile, December 1, 2006 marked the first anniversary of the police killing of MOHAMED ANAS BENNIS, 25, at the corner of Cote-des-Neiges and Kent in Montreal. Despite strong community mobilization, the Bennis family has not been provided any information about why Mohamed Anas was shot and killed outside a mosque, and many in the community speculate about a racially motivated police killing that is being covered-up.
On this month’s edition of No One Is Illegal Radio, we hear directly from the voices of supporters fighting against injustice on behalf of their family members.
–> We speak with both TRUDY MILLER and ANGEL SMITH, mother and cousin of indigenous political prisoner Trevor Miller.
Trevor has been in preventive custody for more than four months, since August when he was arrested at a blockade at Grassy Narrows. Trevor is being charged in relation to incidents at the Six Nation Land Reclamation, when he along with others defended the site against a US border patrol/ATF vehicle that appeared on the site.
Trevor has been referred to as the “Forgotten Warrior” because his situation was not publicly known for several months, until a letter he wrote his mother was published in a local Six Nations newspaper.
In these interviews, Trudy and Angel speak about Trevor’s situation, as well as providing an analysis of the broader issues concerning indigenous sovereignty, the Great Law and the two-row wampum, the Haldimand Tract treaty, as well as the continued resistance of the women and men of Six Nations.
–> We also speak with KHADIJA BENNIS, the twin sister of Mohamed Anas Bennis who was killed by Montreal police last December 2005.
Mohamed Anas Bennis left a neighbourhood mosque, just minutes from his home, after early morning prayers on December 1, 2005. He was shot by Montreal police who were assisting Surete du Quebec investigators carrying out a search warrant in a fraud case nearby, totally unrelated to Bennis. Still, inexplicably, Bennis is alleged to have tried to stab a cop and was shot twice and killed. Bennis’ family is adamant that the allegations against Mohamed are ludicrous. In the words of one sister: “The idea of Mohamed Anas walking around with a kitchen knife as he left mosque on the morning on December 1, there is no way we’re going to swallow a story like that. We’d do better to believe in Santa Claus!”
Now more than one-year after the killing, the death of Mohamed Anas Bennis remains shrouded in mystery. The police and outside prosecutor have provided no written report to corroborate any of the claims the police have made. The special prosecutor has absolved the police of any responsibility for the killing, saying they acted in self-defense. There is still no independent proof that the police version of events is true. Even video footage from a nearby building has not been handed over, and might have even been destroyed. The circumstances surrounding the killing of Mohamed Anas Bennis have been buried, and the family treated with arrogance and disrespect.
The mystery and secrecy surrounding this case reinforces the belief by many in the Montreal community that Mohamed Anas Bennis was killed by police in a case of racial profiling.
Listen to our December 2006 show online at:
::: No One Is Illegal Radio December 2006 Interview Excerpts :::
“They’re making an example out of [Trevor]. They’re doing him an injustice. … I want it out there: I’m very proud of my son.” — Trudy Miller (mother of Trevor Miller, indigenous political prisoner).
“[O]ur people in this day and age are more educated, we understand your system that much more. We’re still being who we are as Onkwehonweh people. And this time around that education is going to help enforce our sovereignty. And ya, they have our young warrior, but [he’s] what you would call a political prisoner.” — Angel Smith (Mohawk activist and cousin of Trevor Miller).
“We have the feeling that we’re being lied to and something is being hidden from us … It’s hard to believe that willingly the system will give us the truth. We’re being insulted and our intelligence is being insulted. There was an injustice and we’re looking for justice.” — Khadija Bennis (twin sister of Mohamed Anas Bennis who was killed by Montreal police).
–> For more information about SIX NATIONS, please consult the resource site by Autonomy and Solidarity for background and more links: http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/2012
–> For information about the MOHAMED ANAS BENNIS case, please refer to this backgrounder by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality in Montreal:
–> PHOTOS from the recent vigils for Mohamed Anas Bennis (December 1, 2006) are available at: http://gallery.cmaq.net/bennisvigils
–> LISTEN to our December 2006 show online at: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=20889
–> To GET INVOLVED with Six Nations political prisoner support work, or in support of justice for the Bennis family in the Montreal-area, please contact No One Is Illegal-Montreal at 514-848-7583 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No One Is Illegal Radio is a monthly news and current affairs show on CKUT community radio in Montreal, produced and hosted by members of the No One Is Illegal collective.
No One Is Illegal-Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance, fighting for justice and dignity, and the right to self-determination for migrants, refugees and indigenous people. Our campaign is in public confrontation with the Canadian state, denouncing and taking action to combat racial profiling, police brutality, detentions and deportations, exploitation and wage-slave conditions, as well as opposing the displacement and genocide of indigenous peoples on Turtle Island.
–> The next No One Is Illegal-Montreal Radio show will be on the air live on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 5-6pm. Listen online at www.ckut.ca, or in Montreal tune-in at 90.3fm. Contact us for links to our previous shows!