May 22, 2003

In Los Angeles and Seattle
Americans Demonstrate For Zundel’s Release

At the Canadian consulates in Los Angeles and Seattle, American defenders of free speech gathered in simultaneously coordinated demonstrations on Thursday, May 22, 2003, to protest the imprisonment of Ernst Zundel in Canada, and to call for his immediate release.

On Hope street in downtown Los Angeles, ten persons with signs gathered at noon in a demonstration organized by the Institute for Historical Review.

Some of the signs they held read “Zundel: Political Prisoner,” “Stop the Thought Police: Free Ernst Zundel,” “Shame on Canada!,” and “Free Zundel Now!” One participant held a large color photo of Zundel. IHR flyers headed “Free Ernst Zundel!” were handed out to passersby who expressed interest.

Los Angeles policemen were present, along with a State Department official, who refused to give her name. The Consulate forbid any of the participants from entering the building.

A Canadian official who identified himself as Consul Wendell Sanford met at the building entrance with IHR Director Mark Weber, who explained the reason for the demonstration, and handed over a letter.

In Seattle, a dozen persons demonstrated for two hours outside the Canadian Consulate at Sixth Avenue and Stewart Street.

(For more on the Zundel case, see “Ernst Zundel: Political Prisoner.” See also the Zundelsite.)

Some of those who protested the imprisonment of Ernst Zundel, in front of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Los Angeles, May 22.

Mark Weber, IHR director, speaks with a representative of the building where the Canadian Consulate is located. The agent explained that, at the request of the Consulate, none of the demonstration participants would be permitted to enter the Consulate office. Also present is a State Department official, a woman (back to the camera) who refused to identify herself.

Outside the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, men and women protest the imprisonment of Ernst Zundel, May 22. The Space Needle landmark is visible in the background.