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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Chile Night
Nina Czegledy on Fri, 23 Nov 2001 20:24:01 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Chile Night

try the bus by Buffalo to find out how unpleasant
US/Canadian crossings can be. Over the years, I
have been deeply embarrassed on several
occasions for the unsuspecting European students,
and others, who (by the border/customs guards
and their sniffing dogs) seem to be considered
petty criminals  rather than tourists or travellers.

>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
>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
>humiliating situation - somehow new for them - while Easterners (of all
>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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