BC’s Burnaby Mountain protests were back in the news again today. The Simon Fraser University Institute for the Humanities’ associate (and past intrepid Nazi hunter) Allan Dutton was in court claiming that Kinder Morgan’s lawsuit was a SLAPP, intended to deprive him of his right to engage in legal protest activities. Dutton exclaimed to the media outside of the courthouse today that, “The allegations we engaged in conspiracy to commit various unlawful acts that’s of course a ridiculous charge,”
Perhaps Dutton forgot his previous statements, like the one he was quoted saying in the Wall Street Journal just a couple of days before KM hit him with the lawsuit, “We will continue to take nonviolent direct action to stop Kinder Morgan’s activities in Burnaby.” Direct action to “stop KM activities in Burnaby” means to damage the company’s ability to conduct their business- KM wasn’t attacking Dutton’s right to “free speech”, they were trying to stop him from doing damage to their ability to do business.
Doing a quick Google search, it seems that Dutton has been hard at work deleting other potential evidence. The good news is that some of it was preserved by Google’s cache- for example, the above link from co-defendant Mia “Gandhi” Nissen calling out for “formal direct action training” and including a link to a resource guide.
If you read this site’s article #BurnabyMountain Unmasked Part I, you’re probably already aware that Dutton has some conflicting and messed-up statements of what is and isn’t civil disobedience. In the strange mind of SFU’s #1 Nazi hunter, blocking Kinder Morgan’s work isn’t civil disobedience, “but exercising the right to user Conservation Land to stop it’s [sic] construction”. Can you believe this guy once taught unfortunate students at SFU!
Of course, the final decision is for the courts to decide, but it seems pretty clear to me- Alan Dutton is grandstanding. Let’s hope the courts realize this and that KM is compensated for is wasting their time…