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Protestors Converge on B.C. Olympics

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  • Dan Clore
    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo [I ve expressed my own view of the Olympics here:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2010
      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:

      [I've expressed my own view of the Olympics here:
      http://www.nolanchart.com/article4536.html --DC]

      Protesters converge on B.C. Olympics
      A Halloween-themed protest that disrupted the Olympic torch in Victoria
      Oct. 30 is only a warmup for opening ceremonies Feb. 12.
      Tom Fletcher
      January 26, 2010 1:00 PM

      What does the Delta-Richmond Council of Canadians have in common with
      the Workers Communist Party of Iran?

      Both are among the dozens of protest groups who plan to gather in
      downtown Vancouver for a rally on the opening day of the Olympics Feb. 12.

      The coalition calling itself the 2010 Welcoming Committee includes
      homegrown activists such as the Anti-Poverty Committee, already known
      for disrupting pre-Olympic events, the Bus Riders' Union, the East Van
      Abolitionists and GatewaySucks.org.

      B.C. residents may be less familiar with Check Your Head, Food Not
      Bombs, Industrial Workers of the World, the Freedom Socialist Party, the
      Progressive Nepali Forum in Americas, Justicia 4 Foreign Workers, Pink
      Resistance, the UBC Network of Sri Lankan Law Students and the
      Solidarity Notes Labour Choir.

      "This is a chance for the people of British Columbia to make their
      voices heard in an alternative to the made-for-television opening
      ceremonies and to provide a different greeting for the Olympic torch
      when it arrives," said Robert Ages, a member of the Council of Canadians
      and spokesman for the 2010 Welcoming Committee.

      The group's announcement touches on the same vague themes used to
      justify the disruption of the Olympic torch run in Victoria on Oct. 30:
      poverty, restriction of free speech and "the consequences of staging the
      event on unceded First Nations territories."

      Vancouver's Pivot Legal Society has another protest plan that involves
      hundreds of red tents. Inspired by a 2006 homeless protest in France,
      the group plans to distribute tents to people so they can camp on city
      sidewalks to vie for the attention of Olympic visitors and thousands of
      international media.

      Pivot executive director John Richardson wrote to Vancouver city council
      Monday to announce the tent plan. The society also released an opinion
      from Vancouver lawyer Joe Arvay arguing that homeless people have a
      right to camp on public property.

      A similar argument was recently upheld by the B.C. Court of Appeal
      regarding camping in Victoria parks and public areas.

      Dan Clore

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      in charge on this island?
      Professor: Why, no one.
      Skipper: No one?
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      -- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"
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