Update (August 15): Mike Roy complained to Ezra Levant yesterday that I said Food Not Bombs is often a front for militant actions. Just to be clear, I was talking about my experience in Vancouver, and what I saw in other cities- I have no evidence this is happening in London, but the people behind FNB there are unquestionably involved in ‘arrestable’ protests
Last night London Ontario police raided the home of Mike Roy, and arrested Bailey Lemon (a.k.a. Bailey Goldman-Sagan) and Daniel Beaudoin. Charges included conspiracy, mischief and possession of drugs. During the raid the police confiscated computers, memory cards, hard drives, cameras and other electronic devices.
Roy was on of the leaders of Occupy London, and of an alternative media group called The Indignants. He’s a regular figure at RadLeft and union protests, and a member of the Ontario Common Front, a front group for the unions that includes many of the usual suspects covered on this website. Sid Ryan, one of their leaders, is likely to be very nervous today…
Bailey Lamon is a member of Food Not Bombs, an anarchist organization that often provides food at many protests as a cover for their radical activities. Food Not Bombs in Vancouver has been exposed participating in Black Bloc events when they led a blockade on the Port of Vancouver on behalf of the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
Daniel Beaudoin is married to Bailey Lemon. Pictures found on Facebook indicate he’s also involved with Food Not Bombs. His facebook page includes pictures of him wearing masks, and a big interest in punk rock music. He is also a member of two support groups for people suffering from bipolar disorder.
An article in the anarchist led Media Co-Op has an interesting quote by American anarchist Sakura Saunders:
“a house raid and the confiscation of equipment is an overblown reaction to an eventual charge of graffiti on one wall. Mike and Bailey are social justice media makers, covering activist movements. It seems obvious to me that the police are using petty charges to violate privacy and gain intelligence on social movements.”
Saunders habitually underestimates the crimes of her fellow anarchists. During the trial of convicted G20 criminal George Horton she was quoted saying of his crimes “all he did was kick the door of a police car”. So, when it comes to anarchist criminality, she’s not the best source to quote.
That said, there’s a certain amount of truth to what she’s saying. Mike Roy is a pivotal figure in the anarchist/unionist movement- a leader, who has direct connections to many of the people involved with criminal actions across Ontario. Getting access to the information on his computers and hard disks will be a great win for the police, many people involved in his circles are likely to be rather shaken up today.
Mike Roy, Bailey Lamon and Daniel Beaudoin have now been released on bail. More information to come as the story develops…