Faisal Bhabha, an associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, said Cooley “should be seriously considering a civil action for malicious prosecution and unlawful detention by the police.”

“It appears there never was a basis for the charge to be laid. Any alleged basis was clearly improper and quite likely discriminatory,” Bhabha said. “The laying of the charge would have had a chilling effect on the free exercise of Charter rights in the city and across the country. Therefore, the police should investigate to determine how such an error was made.”

  • Free Palestine 🇵🇸
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    It’s sad that we live in a world where such harmless statements will get you charged with hate crime. Those who try to silence the opinions they don’t like are the ones truly committing hate crime.

    • @cygnus@lemmy.ca
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      Advocating for the dissolution of a country isn’t harmless to the people living there, but I agree that it shouldn’t be illegal.

      • Free Palestine 🇵🇸
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        Stopping the oppression of Palestinian people doesn’t have to mean the dissolution of Israel, the Israeli government could also just stop the oppression in the first place.

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            You do realize gaza is on the sea and west bank on the river yeah?

            You think it’s acceptable to have a country split in two? Thats all the slogan is calling for attributing any ntisemetic sentiment to it just shows your anti Palestine stance.

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              You do realize gaza is on the sea and west bank on the river yeah?

              Read the Hamas charter and superimpose the four corners of their proposed borders on a map. I also never said a word about antisemitism, so you can dial back the histrionics.

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                I don’t give a fuck what hamas says. Why would you apply their reasoning to peaceful protests around the world clearly calling for peace?

                Again your palestine=hamas shows your bias.

        • @c0c0c0@lemmy.world
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          Depending on who you talk to, it actually might. Even this phrase, a sensible request for freedom on its face, is absolutely a call for the dissolution of Israel to some who use it. Finding an innocent in the conflict, outside of a maternity ward, is mighty challenging.

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        Yes, it is. Watch, I’ll do it right now:

        “I think North Korea should be dissolved.”

        And yet, zero people were hurt by my advocacy.

        Canada proves they need stronger free speech protections every time anyone is arrested for “harmful” speech outside of fraud.

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      Exactly, that’s why the British were in the right for fighting the various revolutionaries across the empire. How dare they call for the dissolution of the British Raj