calin on Fri, 23 Nov 2001 22:28:29 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Chile Night

it might be of a broader interest to find more about this event (see quote 
bellow). i recently flew to canada and been amazed at the unpleasant behavior 
of the customs and immigration personnel, although my previous experiences at 
various US borders should have prepared me better. is all that based on the 
strange assumption that any person visiting US + Canada is a potential illegal 
immigrant? that  non-Americans cannot detect any other reason to travel all 
that way but to compensate for some economic mishaps at home? inferiority 
complex translated into law?  

it was however refreshing to see how little patience West Europeans had in that 
humiliating situation - somehow new for them - while Easterners (of all colors) 
were taking the event with fatalism.


> However, I was arrested on the evening of October 16th in Toronto and held
> in an Immigration Canada detention centre until today, November 21st, when
> I finally arranged my release.  I was held for seven days without trial or
> hearing contrary to Canadian law which requires a hearing within 48 hours.
> Its a 'habeus corpus' thing. Magna Carta in the thirteenth century ruled
> out arbitrary arrest and detention without trial.

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