meeting in Oliver went ahead, despite the mayor of Oliver and the British
Columbia's Attorney General attempts to stifle freedom of speech and freedom
Littman calls Oliver, B.C. the "Hate capitol of Canada" ...
but is it really?
Earlier in the week, Oliver town council had agreed to let the meeting
take place, and ads were placed in local papers at
a great expense to CAFE and its director Paul Fromm. At the last minute,
Oliver Town Council held an emergency meeting and chose to break their
contract with Bernard Klatt and not rent the space after all, and then
the entire council drove to Mr. Klatt's house and personally dropped off
his hall deposit cheque. Oliver Town Council claim that the RCMP had warned
them of the potential violence between "racists" and "anti-racists"
and that's why they shut the meeting down.
But CAFE is not deterred by small
town wannabe censors nor police forces who see fit to try to make their
job easier by shutting down meeting before they take place. They
seem destined to harrass the motoring public, instead of doing their jobs
for which they are paid very well.
Former North Shore News columnist Doug Collins
talks to CBC reporter
Undeterred free speech advocates
hold "Freedom of Speech rally" on the steps of the Oliver Town
Hall for the media and supporters
Bernard Klatt, owner of Fairview
Technologies, talks to the media wearing a blue ribbon signifying Freedom
of Speech on the Internet.