Friday, July 17, 2015
RCMP shoot site C protester dead in Dawson Creek - Update
Global is reporting that “According to the police, officers were responding to a report of a male causing a disturbance at a public information session being held by BC Hydro in the 500 block of Highway 2 in Dawson Creek. The male had reportedly been damaging property and disrupting the event.” The suspect was wearing a mask and they shot him dead. Holy gestapo batman this is why we oppose Bill C-51. That is insane. This is why we oppose gun control.
I personally support the Site C dam. I think hydro electric dams are way better than nuclear reactors. Vancouver has a long history of green energy from dams- Clevland dam at the foot of Grouse mountain, Alouette lake, Stave lake. However, I realize many locals in the Peace River valley oppose the plan and they have every right to express their concerns. I also recognize that the concern about the plan being used to gather water for fracking is a very valid concern as well.
Update: Some people are claiming that the person the police shot dead was a member of Anonymous. The Free Thought is claiming the suspect was wearing a Guy Faux mask. The thing is we can see him sitting on the ground. We can't see any threatening moves being made with a knife if he even really had one. They claim Anonymous has threatened to fight back. Its hard to tell if that's a fake provocateur plant or not but the statement they made said they would fight back not shoot cops. Fighting back could mean many things including taking legal action against the police officers involved. Randomly shooing cops is not the answer. It appears that their first course of action is to identify the police officer that did the shooting and expose his information on the Internet. Stay tuned. This is not over yet.
Revolution News is reporting that "The IIO says police arrived on scene and encountered a man wearing a mask outside the restaurant, and believed him to be connected to the complaint. At some point, a confrontation occurred and police shot the masked man. He was taken to the hospital where he later died of his wounds, according to the IIO." No mention of a knife just a "confrontation." But the video shows he was sitting down on the ground wearing a mask. There was no confrontation with the police other then them shooting him.
This whole mask thing is a bit of a controversy in itself. Stephen Harper has made it illegal to wear a mask at a political demonstration. This illegal law has yet to be tried in the courts. I can understand the intent of the law. We don't want people wearing masks at protests when they are involved in criminal activity like vandalizing or looting whether they be activist, criminal or provocateur.
Yet making it illegal to wear a mask or costume in a peaceful protest is way over board. You can charge someone with wearing a mask while committing a criminal offense like vandalizing or looting but you can't charge someone for wearing one at a peaceful protest. Well you can but the court will throw it out. This matter needs to be tried in the courts. You certainly are not legally authorized to shoot someone dead for wearing a mask while sitting on the ground waiting to be arrested. That is murder. Anonymous has every right to lobby for a fair trial.
Operation Anon Down is confirming that the protester who was shot dead by the RCMP was a member of Anonymous and a member of First Nation Treaty 8. This murder was a colossal mistake. It is at this point where I will hereby make a passionate appeal for calm. We all need to fight this. Together. Lawfully. Sue their asses off. We are Canadian. We will fight for our freedom but we will not murder innocent people to obtain that freedom. The officer involved needs to be charged and tried. Do not start shooting random cops. That will solve nothing and will diminish all of us. Fight we must but we also must be wise about how we engage this fight. Peace.