In the continuing string of evidence that anti-pipeline protests are mostly led by the same, small, cadre- a group of the usual suspects gathered at Burnaby Mountain this morning to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline. Showing an utter lack of creativity, the protesters used the tired old tactic of locking their necks to the front gate of a Kinder Morgan facility.
A protest like this usually has two goals. First, as described by Victoria based bully anarchist Zoe Blunt, it’s a form of “economic sabotage”, restricting a company’s ability to run their business. The other goal is to get the attention of the media- lazy BC reporters stenographers eat this stuff up, rarely questioning the fact it’s always the same people locking themselves to the gate.
In this case, being a Saturday, it’s unknown how much economic damage they’ll cause; but the action was timed perfectly for an anti-pipeline rally planned for later this afternoon. What better way to attract more people and media than throwing-in some Kryptonite theatrics!
Today’s planned rally is run by a familiar face, Simon Fraser University anarchist professor Stephen Collis- one of the more visible members of Occupy Vancouver in 2011. Collis is the example of why one may not wish to send their kids to SFU, an extremist who accepts the doctrine of Diversity of Tactics (use of violence) and works closely with some of the province’s most criminally minded activists. Collis is the type of professor that helps screw-up students like Mia Nissen into damaging their futures by engaging in serial criminal activites.
Speaking of Mia Nissen, an extremist who once compared herself to Gandhi during a 7-day hunger strike, it’s no surprise to see she’s one of the protesters who locked their necks to the gate. This site is still waiting for information on this week’s proceedings, but Nissen was summoned to court this week due to an action where she locked herself to the front gate of the Burnaby Chevron refinery. Last week Nissen released a video of her and others punishing Kinder Morgan by attacking and insulting their workers.
Also in court this week (and locked to the gate this morning) was indigenous activist Dan Wallace- an up and coming professional protester who first came to the attention of this website after openly calling for protesters to engage in violence against the police at this year’s Vancouver May Day parade. Wallace is “everywhere you don’t want to be” these days- other recent activities include acting as a spokesperson for Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park occupation, travelling and promoting the violent Unist’ot’en action camp in northern BC, and jetting over to Ottawa last month to attend the union-led Peoples Social Forum.
For an anti-pipeline protester, this guy sure seems to travel a lot- dontcha think?
There’s a reason we always see the same people repeating the same actions- it’s the lack of action by the RCMP and the Crown to pursue remedy against people who conduct serial criminal activities. We’ve reached a point where it appears that the police have given-up enforcing the law, it’s so bad that Chevron decided to try doing that themselves taking Nissen & Wallace to court. Things are getting out-of-hand, it’s time to demand that the police start doing their jobs.
How can you help? One tactic would be to contact the Burnaby RCMP detachment and let them know how you feel about their lack of enforcement. Here are their contact details- do your part and tell them what you think! You can also help by keeping a close watch on how the media reports on the story, and calling-out the
journalists stenographers who refuse (or are just too lazy) to report the whole story…