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Prominent activist released on bail after G20 arrest

An anti-G20 protester flashes a peace sign near the temporary detention centre in Toronto on June 27, 2010.

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A prominent activist was among two people granted bail Monday after being arrested in the G20 protests.

Jaggi Singh turned himself in to police on July 6, after an arrest warrant was issued for him following the demonstrations.

He was granted release with $85,000 bail Monday from three sureties, including Amir Khadir, a provincial politician with the Quebec Solidaire party.

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"I make this gesture out of a sense of duty to help my fellow Quebecers," Mr. Khadir said in a statement.

"The Quebec government has provided no assistance to its citizens who were targeted and arrested in Toronto, in some cases simply because they come from Quebec ... It is therefore up to us to fulfill this duty of coming to their aid."

Mr. Singh was placed under house arrest and must adhere to several other conditions, including travelling only for emergency medical care or legal affairs, no use of communication devices and having no contact with co-accused or members of the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance.

Mr. Singh's lawyer, Peter Rosenthal, said he would consider seeking a bail review.

"The bail conditions that we agreed to are very restrictive," he said outside court.

"But Mr. Singh agreed to those conditions because he wants to be out of custody, otherwise he would remain in custody."

Patrick Cadorette was granted $47,000 bail Monday and will be subject to similar conditions as Mr. Singh. He was permitted to use a computer or laptop only for work or employment purposes under the supervision of his sureties.

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About 20 people have been identified as part of a police investigation into activities of people planning violent G20 action.

They are facing charges including assaulting police officers, conspiracy to assault police officers and charges relating to property damage.

Six people have concluded their bail hearings and five of them have been released on bail.

Leila Pourtavaf, a friend of Mr. Singh and fellow activist, criticized the bail conditions outside court.

"I think that there is a climate of criminalization of community organizers and activists," she said.

"I think the conditions are very exaggerated ... Being under house arrest is just like an attempt to prevent community organizers from doing their day-to-day work."

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Mr. Singh is a spokesman for the Montreal branch of the immigrant rights group No One is Illegal, and has been a vocal presence at anti-capitalist protests for close to a decade.

More than 1,000 people were arrested during the G20 protests, which saw vandals smash windows and burn police cars.

Four alleged anarchists accused of having organizing roles are among those seeking bail.

Leah Henderson, Amanda Hiscocks, Peter Hopperton and Alex Hundert are alleged to be members of the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance, or SOAR.

Mr. Hupperton is scheduled to be in court Tuesday. Mr. Hundert and Ms. Henderson appear July 15, while Ms. Hiscocks is set to appear July 16.

Mr. Singh and Mr. Cadorette are scheduled to be back in court Aug. 23.

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