Tuesday, September 23, 2008
OLYMPIC SPIRIT TRAIN SUCCESSFULLY DISRUPTED! ... with protestors nearly outnumbering spectators ... A more complete reportback is forthcoming, however some basic news, updates, and photos are compiled below. ==> Olympics Resistance Network News Release to Mainstream Media: CP-VANOC SPIRIT TRAIN DERAILED WITH 'SPIRIT OF RESISTANCE'; POLICE MAKE TWO UNPROVOKED ARRESTS * For photos please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 72157607424169310/ 30781453@N08/
Monday September 22 2008- Amidst pots, pans, sirens, and chants of "No
Olympics on Stolen Native Land", Olympics Resistance Network (ORN)
activists- including families with children- successfully shutdown
yesterday's Canadian Pacific's Olympics Spirit Train launch in Port Moody
According to Gord Hill, member of the Olympics Resistance Network, "With
protestors nearly outnumbering spectators, the most spirited part of today
was the spirit of resistance against the Olympics. We are confident that
the forced cancellation of the Spirit Train launch ceremonies will inspire
others as the train travels across Canada."
The action in Port Moody was the first in a series of actions against the
Olympic Spirit Train planned across the country including in Edmonton,
Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto over the next month.
Activists further state that they are outraged by the unjustified and
unprovoked arrests of two people, including one elderly woman. The two
have since been released.
According to protestor Peter Haywood "At no point during this protest did
we threaten, provoke, or assault anyone. However, some members of the
public as well as identified and undercover police officers aggressively
shoved and assaulted protestors, escalating the situation."
For example, a woman with two children entered into the crowd and very
aggressively confronted protestors. Although protestors made space for her
to leave, she – despite having two young crying children with her –
decided to remain and hurl abuses at protestors. During this time, one
young male protestor was shoved by a photographer into a police officer,
who promptly arrested him for no apparent reason. An elderly woman who,
along with other concerned people, was following the police to question
them about the arrest was violently pushed against the hood of a vehicle
"The police refused to read the arrested people their rights or explain
their charges. These arbitrary arrests are an expression of police
fascism, who make freedom of expression expendable in order to protect
Olympic interests", according to Alissa Westergard-Thorpe, a witness to
According to the Olympics Resistance Network, "Far from being simply about
'sport', the history of the Olympics is one rooted in displacement,
corporate greed, repression, and violence. In Canada, the effects of the
upcoming Winter Games are already apparent – expansion of sport tourism on
Indigenous lands; increasing homelessness across the province; ballooning
public spending; unprecedented destruction of the environment; and
unparalleled police and security spending."
* For more information or if you are interested in actively organizing or
coordinating anti-2010 Olympics resistance efforts, please visit
www.no2010.com or email email@example.com. A previous ORN
communique is posted at: http://no2010.com/node/295
* Take action against the Spirit Train in your city! For Spirit train
schedule and stops, please visit: http://www.no2010.com/node/295
==> COVERAGE OF SPIRIT TRAIN DISRUPTION:
* Dominion article "Protesters Disrupt "Spirit Train" Sendoff":
* CKUT Audio:
* 24 hours "Train buoys the spirits - of protesters" by Bob Mackin
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/ programID=75602 News/2008/09/22/6836936-sun.
* Additional Mainstream news coverage:
http://canadianpress.google. html com/article/
http://www.canada.com/ ALeqM5g2sZ79pilyGuihiW34W6BIVr d3yw vancouversun/news/story.html?
http://www.canada.com/ id=22ca5328-e430-4f40-bbd7- 151289e57151 theprovince/news/story.html?
CTV BC (includes video footage):
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ id=e46b84d5-98fe-4c86-ba6d- 603db2be7b3a ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/
20080921/BC_2010_train_ protest_080921/20080921?hub= CTVNewsAt11