If you go down to Tent City today

You’re in for a big surprise

If you go down to Tent City today

You  better go in disguise…

…preferably in a hazmat suit:

An Occupy Victoria protester who has moved his demonstration into a tree is being accused of pouring a two-litre bottle of urine onto the head of a city worker.

And while you’re at it, it might not be a bad idea to get a rabies shot:

Vancouver police chief Jim Chu said today that the Occupy Vancouver tent city has been “infiltrated by a violent element” and that it is time for the protesters to leave the encampment peacefully. [...]

The VPD chief constable said that two police officers were sent to the hospital Monday night with “human bite wounds” after they attempted to stop protesters from pushing and shoving firefighters who were trying to extinguish a burning fire in a barrel.

That distant flushing sound you hear is public opinion of Occupy Vancouver and Victoria, swirling in the proverbial bowl.

I don’t know how the other Canadian Occupy protests are faring but as far as BC is concerned, my early ambivalence is seemingly being validated before my eyes.  Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of the populist causes driving the US movement, I suspected that many of the original protesters would soon leave.  With them would go their good intentions and behind them they’d leave the “tent cities” to the jobless, homeless and more brain-damaged elements of the street, with the predictable mayhem ensuing.  Even death.

I seriously wonder if any of the original “occupiers” who were protesting banksters, rampant corporate greed and the raw deal given the middle class, are even there any more.  Certainly the savagely absurd little list of “demands” that came out of Occupy Vancouver last week (which they’ve since scrubbed from their website and backed away from) had little to do with the middle class, other than as a target for wealth redistribution.

Not that they should be forced to end their protest — if they want to protest, they have a right to do so.  But at a time when they should be doing damage control and reaching out to the people they purport to be “fighting for”, things are getting increasingly weird.  I mean, really… asking for donations of necessities like blankets I can see, but walkie-talkies?  Dedicated internet?  Condoms??

9 Responses to “If you go down to Tent City today”


  1. 1 bleatmop Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I didn’t see condoms or dedicated internet on the list of demands you provided from Vancouver. I did see some good ideas, a lot of meh ideas (aka ones that are partisan at best), and some downright moronic ones. The demand to release all non-violent prisoners was fucking stupid and doesn’t even line up with their 3rd demand for the bankers to be prosecuted. I mean, so they are going to prosecute them, sentence them, then let them go because they committed a non-violent crime?

    • 2 JJ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      The condoms & internet weren’t demands, according to the linked article they were what OccVan was asking for in the way of donations. Considering they’re looking at spending the winter outdoors, I would have thought they could come up with something more pragmatic than condoms. Internet’s available at coffee shops nearby, and walkie-talkies – wtf?

      I would have requested 10 big Coleman stoves which I would use to cook up massive amounts of super-delicious french fries to sell for $2.99/bag to other campers.

      As for their list of demands, I saw 2 or 3 good ideas – prosecute the banksters, legalize pot, get out of Afghanistan – but as you say, how they’d prosecute the white-collar criminal banksters while setting free all nonviolent prisoners is anyone’s guess. The rest of the demands were either batshit or cataclysmically retarded or fascist (ban this, prohibit that, maximum wage).

      To be fair to OV, after the list became public they seemed to realize how dumb it was, and they said it was just done by a small group who didn’t represent the whole protest. maybe.

      • 3 fhg1893 Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

        Ezra Levant is without question, an asshole. Perhaps an asshole par excellence. But, I have to give him credit for being genuine. He’s an honest asshole.

        The occupiers on the other hand, have chosen to exist in a world of self-delusion. And I have no respect for that.

        • 4 JJ Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

          LOL, Levant really is getting the Performance Art thing down to a T.

          In fairness to OccToronto, I’m pretty sure I heard that the “empty tent scandal” was debunked as a setup, which i wouldn’t put past Levant & the Sun “news” organization. I will consult Comrade Google about it.

          That said, I’m not sure why conservative media like Sun feel that they have to make things up to discredit the occupy protests. The Canadian protests — at least the ones out here in BC, I can’t speak to Toronto — have been doing a pretty bang-up job of discrediting themselves lately. Occupy started out as a populist uprising of the middle class, and in the US it still is. But in Canada it’s devolved into the old familiar boring “left/right” paradigm, with the usual eyerolling behaviour from the usual suspects. Occupy Vancouver has actually become an irritant to the so-called “99%” they claim to represent.

          And that of course is being pushed relentlessly by the likes of Levant, because it makes good fodder for shows and editorial columns that would otherwise be as boring as shit.

          • 5 fhg1893 Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

            Ezra’s always been a bit of a clown. In this speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTN3s2iVKKI I peg Ezra as the side-show freak.

            But the so-called empty tent scandal supposedly being debunked? I think the networks quit too quickly. An infra-red camera shows heat yes? Well, I would imagine that it takes at least a few minutes for a tent to heat-up. The so-called debunker’s spent perhaps only a few minutes checking out their tents.

            Notice how at about 0:49, there’s residual heat on the tent door where her arm brushed it, which wasn’t there before she exited? So, I wouldn’t exactly call it debunked – I’m pretty sure the media capitulated a little too quickly.

            Anyway, I could still be wrong, but it does seem that Ezra caught them with their pants down.

            As you say, in Canada, this has turned into the same old left-right paradigm which is just plain tedious. Ezra goes on to heap scorn and derision on the protesters. I mean sure, they don’t really deserve to be taken seriously at this point, but we shouldn’t need to swing for the fences and assert that their paid professional protestors, or union stooges either. And to target the police for doing nothing, implying that the protesters are getting special dispensation from left-wing politicians (in Rob Ford’s Toronto, no less) sounds like right-wing saber-rattling to me.

            • 6 JJ Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

              Only the tentmeisters know for sure!

              To me it’s sort of a non-issue. whether they stay overnight or not. In the general context of a protest they are exercising their right to free speech, free assembly etc, which I fully support whether it’s Occupy Toronto or the March for Life or a bunch of skinhead goons marching down the street in full nazi regalia. sunshine is the best disinfectant! :)

              I do find it amusing that a supposed free speech absolutist like Ezra would be so intent on digging up some dirt on this particular gathering. Free speech means defending speech you disagree with, not just the echo chamber you agree with. What a hypocrite! :lol:

              • 7 fhg1893 Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

                “To me it’s sort of a non-issue. whether they stay overnight or not. In the general context of a protest they are exercising their right to free speech, free assembly etc, which I fully support whether it’s Occupy Toronto or the March for Life or a bunch of skinhead goons marching down the street in full nazi regalia. sunshine is the best disinfectant!”

                I guess you’ve got me there JJ. I think Ezra was trying to point out the inconsistency of calling for an occupy protest, which doesn’t seem to have the courage of its convictions. And as alluded to, I think he takes it too far with his derision. He had already exposed them as something of a joke in my opinion, and really should have been humiliation enough. It seems to me that it would have been better for him to let it go after that.

                “I do find it amusing that a supposed free speech absolutist like Ezra would be so intent on digging up some dirt on this particular gathering. Free speech means defending speech you disagree with, not just the echo chamber you agree with. What a hypocrite!”

                Are you sure JJ? I agree that calling for the protestors to be forcibly evicted is, at least in Ezra’s case more or less on the hypocritical side. But merely pointing out that the occupiers are full of shit, that there really isn’t quite the occupation as advertised doesn’t strike me as being inconsistent at all.

          • 8 fhg1893 Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

            Come to think of it, Ezra may have learned of the debunking. That might explain why he actually went and opened the tents, to prove that there was nobody inside, and make it nearly impossible to try debunk after the fact.


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