if professor tony hall gets his way, government and police authorities will be held accountable for their actions against protestors at the Summit of the Americas.
The well-known aboriginal rights expert from Lethbridge, Alberta, maintained a vigil Monday night at City Hall to focus attention on the need for an inquiry and the release of Jaggi Singh.
"We demand a public inquiry into who's accountable for the police action," exclaims Hall, who is imploring activists not to forget what happened in Quebec City. "We need to go on the offensive. We need to consider a class action suit."
Hall says he helped pull the fence down on Friday and was pleased with the controlled police response after he entered the perimeter, even somewhat surprised. "I could see they were frightened. They looked sheepish and confused."
But tear gas began to be fired and Hall took off to the upper city, where the air didn't choke him. There, he claims, he was unlawfully arrested by city police and illegally jailed by provincial police at Orsainville Prison for more than 12 hours, until 5 am Saturday. And he still isn't sure what he was charged with.
Tooker Gomberg, who was also nabbed by the cops in Quebec, supports Hall's calls for an inquiry. "Why did our government go to war with its own people? Who gave the orders and why?" he asks.
On Monday night Gomberg slept outside City Hall with two others, to test support for the vigil.