Red Fascists Riot in Vancouver
In Vancouver, B.C., the night of Thursday, Sept. 30, was a night to
remember as far as the suppression of free speech in Canada is concerned,
and no doubt an augur of things to come. It saw a violent, organized disruption
of a public meeting in the Vancouver Public Library by communists (who
brandished their placards) and their supporters, some of whom belonged
to special interest groups like the Canadian Jewish Congress.
The occasion was a meeting laid on by lawyer Doug Christie and the Canadian
Free Speech League to raise money for Doug Collins's challenge to British
Columbia's misnamed human rights law. Mr. Collins , who was the featured
speaker, has been a victim of that law on account of columns he wrote for
the North Shore News.
The scene was one of utter chaos, reminiscent of what went on in Nazi
Germany. Over twenty police and security guards were on hand but they could
not contain the rioters, who broke through the police lines and tried to
break down the doors of the hall in which Mr. Collins was attempting to
speak. Several rioters were removed in a police paddy wagon, and at least
one arrest was made. The noise was excruciating and fire alarms were set
Many people who wanted to hear the speech were unable to get into the
library, and a "minority" protester kept screaming and shouting
for the whole of the time that Doug and Mr. Christie were speaking. Collins
told him he was a great advertisement for multiculturalism. The man's obvious
aim was to provoke the audience to violence. He didn't succeed, but as
the speaker said later he could not refrain from calling him a few names,
of which "ignorant lunatic" was the most printable.
Typically, the media referred to the Free Speech League in disparaging
terms, with quotes from the Communists. One TV station opened its 11 p.m.
broadcast with a reference to "Holocaust-denier Doug Collins,"
which is a lie, although Mr. Collins questions the six million story. The
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation gleefully quoted a protester as saying
that public premises should not be used by "racists and right wingers"
and that Collins and Christie would be dogged by protests like this wherever
Mr. Collins's speech - which he insisted on delivering in spite of the
din - had nothing to do with racism. The title of the address was "The
NDP's attack on Free Speech." (For those not familiar with the situation
in British Columbia, the New Democratic Party socialist government has
passed misnamed "human rights" laws that have specifically removed
the right to free speech. Something that does not seem to worry many in
Mr. Collins has twice been hauled before rights tribunals for columns
he has written. The one that really got to his critics was headed "Hollywood
Propaganda" and dealt with the movie Schindler's List, which he dubbed
Swindler's List. Subsequently, a complaint to the Thought Police was laid
by the Canadian Jewish Congress.
After going over the media coverage of the library outrage, Mr. Collins
said it was no wonder people were turning more and more to the Internet
to find out what is going on.
For that reason he has provided us with the main points of what he had
to say - to the extent that he was allowed to make them. Typically, not
a word of his speech was reported in the mainstream media. The Vancouver
Sun has not even mentioned the riot , but one can imagine the international
media furore there would have been if right wingers had tried to stop a
leftist or a Jewish Congress meeting.