“Don’t spy on us!”
“Build Housing Not Prisons”
“Stop Mandatory Minimums”
“1984: A warning NOT an instruction manual”
These were some of the messages protesters directed to Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews when they gathered outside the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C. last night.
Toews was shielded from the sign-waving and chanting somewhere inside the casino where he was hosting a Conservative fundraiser.
About 40 protesters braved the cold wind and bitchy attitudes of casino security to assemble near the front entrance of the building, listening to speakers decry Canada’s Conservative government and their most recent crimes against the Canadian people.
The now-famous Toews has been in hot water with Canadians since telling the House of Commons that people “can stand with us or with the child pornographers” on Conservative plans to spy on the internet activities of citizens.
View my photos of the protest in a Cannabis Culture Flickr gallery or below:
Though I didn’t catch any mainstream coverage of the event, some of Vancouver’s intrepid alternative media were there, including The Georgia Straight and The Vancouver Observer. The Tyee wrote about it beforehand.
Watch a video from The Georgia Straight: