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Alex Hundert, a G20 protester who seems to be getting a disproportionate amount of police attention, was arrested again on Saturday.

Alex Hundert, a G20 protester who seems to be getting a disproportionate amount of police attention, was arrested again on Saturday.

This is the third time Hundert has been arrested since the G20. His family and lawyer didn’t wish to discuss the charges before a court date this week and police would not give out the charge information.

Hundert is currently under bail conditions labelled “astonishing” by Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young. He can’t speak to the media, see his girlfriend without supervision or participate in any public demonstrations. He’s facing three counts of conspiracy pertaining to G20 activities surrounding the June summit.

So who is this guy?

Hundert, 30, is described by his friends as a serious, committed activist who works full time for social justice. Bearded and bespectacled, he wears his hair long and puts most of his energy into campaigning for indigenous land rights and environmental protection.

Hundert is a founding member of the activist group AW@L and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Centre for Social Justice. On its website, AW@L is described as a “radical direct action group” committed to anti-oppression movements. It lists native solidarity and opposition to the Alberta tarsands as two of its major campaigns.

Hundert grew up in Toronto with his parents and younger brother Jonah. He studied religion and global studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. His girlfriend, Leah Henderson, is also under house arrest for her G20 protest participation.

 
 
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