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THE BATTLE OF VANCOUVER
The freak show assembled outside the main branch of the Vancouver Public
Library shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30. They were there
in full force: counterculture crazies with rings in their eyebrows, militant
lesbians, members of the Communist Party of Canada, shouting members of
the International Socialists -- all committed to one goal: the stopping,
by any means, of the Canadian Free Speech League's fundraising meeting
for former North Shore News columnist Doug Collins. Next February, Collins
heads to the Supreme Court of British Columbia to seek judicial review
of a B.C. Human Rights Commission tribunal which found him guilty of spreading
hatred or contempt of certain privileged minorities.
In Canada, the militant left, the professional "anti-racists",
follow a formula for trying to prevent anyone who disagrees with them from
holding a meeting.
- They demonize the intended victims.
- They inform the meeting hall, that the demons -- "Nazis"
"fascists" , right to lifers, pro-free enterprisers, Reformers--
are planning to meet. This inflammatory lying may frighten the management
into cancelling the meeting.
- If step 2 is unsuccessful, they threaten
a demonstration and hint that violence occurs at these people's meeting.
[They don't mention that it is THEY who intend to cause the violence."
- If step 3 fails to cancel the meeting, they stage the demonstration.
They try to block
access to the hall so that those intending to attend, cannot get in
or are intimidated.
- They remind the hall that the same
mayhem or worse will occur next time. They hope that their ability
to create a nuisance will overcome any commitment management may have either
to freedom of speech or to a duly signed legal contract.
First came the demonization. The CFSL were accused of spreading "hatred"
by Victor Wong of the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians. The anarchist
ARA (Anti-Racist Action) which,
in Ontario, has engaged
in terrorist acts and beatings of opponents, termed the meeting "a
racist public meeting." This was restrained compared to placards
and chants of demonstrators at the meeting: "Immigrants in; Nazis
out!" they hooted in chorus.
Step 2 was reported in the VANCOUVER SUN (September 30, 1999): "The
Canadian Jewish Congress and the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians
complained to the library for renting space to the Canadian Free Speech
League. 'We will protest peacefully Thursday to show that it's inappropriate
for the library, a publicly funded place, to allow this type of hatred
said Victor Wong, with the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians.
Wong maintains that the library has a responsibility to deny organizations
like the Canadian Free Speech League space to air their controversial opinions."
[Wong illustrates one of the drawbacks of immigration from "diverse"
sources. Many newcomers have no understanding or appreciation of European
traditions of democracy, free speech and individual liberties.] "Publicly
funded facilities, including libraries, should keep their meeting room
rental policies consistent with the principles enshrined in the B.C. and
Canadian Human Rights Acts, said Nisson Goldman, vice-chairman of the [Canadian
Jewish] Congress's Pacific Region."
John Fitzpatrick, Secretary Treasurer of the Vancouver and District
Labour Council issued a press statement:: "The hate mongering and
racism peddled under the guise of freedom of speech by this group [CFSL]
has no place in a prestigious institute like our Public Library... We will
confront and expose these groups [CFSL] for what they are."
In a September 25 release Alan Dutton, Director of the Canadian Anti-Racism
Education and Research Society called the organizers of the fundraiser
"a front for neo-Nazis." Further, Dutton demanded that the meeting
be cancelled. Otherwise, he threatened: "If the contract is not revoked,
the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society will hold a public
meeting at the Library to protest the use of public facilities by hate
The demonization of the Doug Collins, Doug Christie and the Canadian
Free Speech League and the threats to stage a confrontational protest failed
to move the library to cancel the meeting.
|On to step 3: the violent demonstration. Among those prominent in organizing
this protest were Alan "the grant chaser" Dutton of the CAERS
and Garth Mullins, an albino who gained notoriety at the protests at APEC.
One of Vancouver's coterie of professional demonstrators, Mullins heads
something called Democracy Street. CFIRC videographer Marc Lemire captured
Mullins instructing his followers: "This meeting is not going to happen."
Garth Mullins - Agitator
The noisy protesters crowded around both entrances of the library from
about 6:15 on. The intensity of their chanting and shoving increased. Many
infiltrated into the hallway above the downstairs Alice McKay meeting room
for the CFSL event. About 6:45 the police locked the doors and many of
the protesters out of the library. However, by not moving the protesters
across the street, the police effectively let them control the agenda.
Locking the library 15 minutes before the meeting kept most of the anticipated
attendees out as well.
As the meeting's planned 7:00 p.m. start approached, demonstrators inside,
under the direction of Mullins, locked arms tried to prevent all but a
few recognized allies from entering the meeting. Again, the police failed
to arrest or remove these people.
Police handcuff doors due to communists outside trying to
break it down
Just as the meeting was about to start, a shock force of about a dozen
burst past police lines and pushed and pounded against the door of the
meeting room. They would keep up their pounding and din throughout the
meeting that lasted more than an hour. Library head Eric Smith confirmed
to Vancouver businessman Jud Cyllorn president of the Procult Institute
that he had made the decision in co-operation with the police not to order
the removal of the screaming protesters who pounded on the meeting room
door or those who blocked access to the meeting by e number of interested
Doug Christie speaks at meeting
Shortly after Doug Christie opened the meeting, the fire alarm was set
off and the throbbing pinging continued for about 10 minutes.
Early into Christie's introduction, a tall protester of East Indian
origin began to heckle. He claimed to be expressing his freedom of speech.
His constant heckling and interruptions would continue all evening, despite
numerous requests from other attendees that he be quiet and let them hear
the speakers. Earlier he had snarled at Marc Lemire: "I am the face
of the enemy." He had made semi-coherent remarks about rifles and
shooting, as his eyes seemed to bug from his gaunt face.
Doug Collins speaks on his constitution challenge of BC Law
The meeting proceeded despite the constant chants and pounding on the
door and the incessant disruptions of the East Indian leather lungs. When
Doug Collins mentioned the column he'd written on the movie Schindler's
List, a woman, who had been seen talking to the East Indian protester strode
right up to Collins and started wailing. Claiming to be Jewish she asserted
the preposterous: that she didn't have a single living relative. All had
died in the holocaust. As the woman appeared to be on the shy side of 45,
for her claim [that she had NO living relatives] to have been possible,
she would have to have been born either by cloning or by having dropped
in from Mars.
3 of the agitators in the meeting. All claim to be "there
yet we caught them planning tactics to disrupt the meeting.
The demented pounding, the lunatic interruptions conspired to make the
entire event a decent into some bizarre theatre of the absurd.
Province article on riot [part
1] [part 2]
The Vancouver media, with the exception of the PROVINCE and the North
Shore News ignored or downplayed the descent into mob rule and the sorry
abdication of responsibility by the Vancouver Police. By the next day,
Radio Station CKVU was focusing not on the effective shutting down of the
library by the unruly protesters, but on the accusation that some of the
Vancouver police may not have been wearing their badge numbers!
More on the riot.