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KINSELLA: PMs can't pick and choose which Canadians they represent

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24.08.2019

The bar isn’t much to look at.

It’s on the tougher side of downtown, in a place where you cross the street when you see a couple of guys coming your way.

There’s a big marquee out front, announcing its name, and a pair of weathered wooden doors that are open to all, but not all dare step inside.

No liquor licence. Envelopes stuffed with bills, handed over to the cops, are all that keep it open.

Whenever there’s a raid, the bar’s owners will sometimes get tipped off. Not always, but sometimes. The raids happen, ostensibly, because people gather there — people who dare not speak their name out loud.

Their sin? Dancing. The city doesn’t want them to dance together.

In the early morning hours of June 28, the cops raid the place again. There are uniformed officers outside, and some plainclothes officers inside, posing as patrons.

The cops go after one of the women in the bar, a regular. They push her and strike her. She gets mad and pushes back. They assault her some........

© Edmonton Sun