Hemlock or exile?
Those were the only two choices provided by former Minister of Justice now university president Allan Rock.
Rock's conflict with student Marc Kelly has been described HERE and recently in a detailed report by Stephen Lendman HERE. The Ottawa corporate media have also recently reported Kelly's banishment HERE and HERE (today).
Allan Rock's recorded November 3rd 2008 verbal abuse and intimidation of Kelly was made public HERE and by mass email:
But now exile - a complete ban on associating or communicating with all 50,000 members of the university community.
The Student Appeal Centre (SAC) of the student union is leading Kelly's defense and has put out this press release:
U of O’s Rock administration exiles student from all communications
OTTAWA, April 14, 2010 – Following Monday’s arrest of University of Ottawa math student Marc Kelly and a 24 hour detention in jail, Ottawa Police have imposed an unprecedented restriction:
Under the threat of immediate jailing until trial, Kelly is required to abstain from communication or associating directly, indirectly, or electronically, with all students and staff of the university.
The arrest was for an alleged violation of unjustified trespass from the public institution, contested by the student unions, and was intended to keep Kelly from speaking at a university Senate meeting where university president Allan Rock spoke to defend U of O’s freedom of expression practices in the wake of the Coulter fiasco:
Kelly had sent a mass email to students inviting them to attend Senate using this striking video link:
The arrest was only days after Kelly was freely allowed into the same building to speak and to introduce free speech legal expert Doug Christie.
“Marc is being treated like a terrorist and exiled from the community so that Rock can have his damage-control media show uninterrupted” said university student Senate member elect Joseph Hickey.
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For more information please contact:
Mireille Gervais LL.L
Director, Student Appeal Centre (SFUO)
Joseph Hickey, university Senate member elect
Liam Kennedy-Slaney, student