I wasn’t planning to write about David Eby’s connection to the violence at the 2010 Olympics again so soon- it was something I was planning to cover in more depth early next year. But, I was doing some research on Victoria anarchist (and wannabe eco-terrorist) Zoe Blunt tonight and came across her analysis of the event. It was interesting, so I figured I’d share. I’ve also found some links between Blunt and a couple other anarchists I’ve been covering.
Personally, I believe that if any one incident has the potential to turn-off Point Grey residents from voting for Eby, then this is the one. The day the anarchists got in a street fight with the VPD and smashed the windows of the Bay was shameful for most Vancouverites- even Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight (and ally of Eby’s crowd) called this day one of the Lowlights of the Olympics.
Eby’s participation in this incident leaves a log of open questions…
For those of you who aren’t up to date on what happened that day at the Olympics- please have a look at this quick video of the violence that day:
You may have noticed that I queued the video where Darius Mirshahi describes the violence that day. He’s the husband of anarchist Sakura Saunders- he was also recently on stage with Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour. As you can see on the video, what happened that day was not a good thing for the people of Vancouver.
David Eby had created a special team of “Legal Observers” for the Olympic protests. Their purpose was to bring note pads and record the actions of the police (hoping to find improper behaviour). As Blunt mentions in her article, David Eby withdrew his legal observers shortly before the violence began. Everyone involved knew there would be violence that day- the observers could be used to give testimony against the people breaking windows, so they generally weren’t welcome.
In her article Blunt also tries to rationalize the violence- this shows a lot about her character.
Anyhow, this raises a very important question. Eby is a lawyer, and a member of the Law Society- in this position if he is aware a crime is to be committed he’s obligated to report this. So the question is, did he report this? All indicators are that he didn’t.
And, it’s not hard to understand why he didn’t report this. Eby, and his political allies, have deep and personal relationships with the anarchist community. Blunt is a member of this community, as is Harsha Walia (pictured below with Eby and anarchist Tami Starlight.)
I’ll write more about Eby and the legal observers again soon. For now, let me share with you a couple of relationship charts from the anarchist and violence promoting Vancouver Media Co-Op. They are quire enlightening- what we’re talking about here is a national network of violent anarchists- and, Eby is right in the middle…
Things that make you go hmmmm….