TORONTO, ON: CPT supports ‘The Secret Trial Five’ at ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice

30 April 2014
TORONTO, ON: CPT supports ‘The Secret Trial Five’ at ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice

On 18 April 2014, some three hundred people participated in the annual Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice by leaving the Church of the Holy photoTrinity in downtown Toronto under grey skies and light rain, and walking to several ‘stations’ in the city that represent environmental or social injustices.

At a plain grey multi-story building—the location of Federal Courtrooms—fourteen Toronto CPTers led the crowd in a responsive reading prepared by CPTer Peter Haresnape, praying for the opening of our eyes, hearts, hands, borders, and society with respect to the unholy security state’s hidden agenda of racism and Islamophobia.

CPTer Murray Lumley spoke to the group about the many years of injustice meted out to five Middle Eastern Muslim refugee claimants detained indefinitely under Immigration Security Certificates by the Canadian government.  Their conditions range from solitary confinement to restricted house arrest unless they agree to their deportation, which would result in torture or death in their home countries. Only two of the men have had their security certificates quashed, but they still suffer harassment by the Canadian government.

Mohammad Mahjoub is one of these men, an Egyptian refugee detained for fourteen years without ever having charges pressed against him. Neither he nor his lawyers have seen the ‘secret’ testimony against him, much of it obtained by torture. Even though the Security Certificate legislation was thrown out by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2007, it was brought back a year later with only minor improvements.

The CPTers distributed a flyer that had information about how to join the movement to end Islamophobia and indeterminate detention of refugee claimants and immigrants.

The crowd walked back to the church to reflect on the crucifixion, not as a two thousand year old event fetishized by modern Christians, but as something ongoing today. The crucifixion of the Christ is current in today’s assaults on the Earth, in the activity of corporation and state, and even the crucifixion of life itself.  The group finished by singing, sharing soup and bread and visiting with one another before returning to their homes and their daily, ongoing walk for justice.