August 27, 2021
44TH GENERAL ELECTION
Support Land Defenders on Vancouver Island
On August 23, hundreds of people in over a dozen communities in BC participated in actions organized outside RCMP detachments to protest the ongoing RCMP violence against land defenders on Vancouver Island.
More than 800 people have been arrested since May when police began enforcing an injunction granted to logging company Teal-Jones. Injunctions such as this one issued by the courts show how the state intervenes on behalf of narrow private interests and then, when vicious assaults take place and rights are trampled underfoot with impunity, violating every sacred right of citizens and Indigenous peoples, governments stand back and sanctimoniously say there is nothing they can do, “it is a law and order issue.” [More]
The state violence against protesters at the Fairy Creek blockade on Vancouver Island is unacceptable and must be stopped. It underscores the kind of democracy Canada has, where no matters of concern to the people are discussed but instead are subjected to state-organized police violence, resulting in injuries, arrests and denial of free speech and conscience.
The fate of old growth forests is neither a new issue nor one that in any way should be subjected to state intervention with court injunctions, exclusion zones, obstruction of media, police violence and mass arrests. Issues concerning the social and natural environment must be argued out in discussion and debate among the people without the threat of state-organized interference and violence. [More]
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