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(en) "Bombing" Campaign Continues

From Jaggi Singh <jaggi@vcn.bc.ca>
Date Fri, 13 Feb 1998 19:44:55 -0800 (PST)



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---------- Forwarded Message ---------

"BOMBING" CAMPAIGN CONTINUES IN TORONTO

TORONTO FACTION OF MOE CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY

SECOND "ATTACK" IN AS MANY DAYS

TORONTO, Friday, February 13th, 1998 -- Yesterday, at the height of the
evening rush hour, officials of a radical offshoot of the Vancouver-based
Ministry of the Environment (MOE) "bombed" the United States Consulate and
the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) in protest against the
upcoming military campaign against Iraq. 

The heretofore unknown Ministry of the Environment -- Toronto Faction
(MOE-TF) claimed responsibility for the spray-painting in red of "No Blood
for Oil" on both buildings located on University Avenue in downtown
Toronto. This marks the first time that MOE activities, in any form, have
extended past Vancouver. 

According to Mr. Blue, formerly a senior deputy of MOE and believed to be
the mastermind of MOE-TF, yesterday's action is the first in a series of
non-violent "bombings" and direct actions aimed at opposing the criminal
activities of the United States, Great Britain, Canada and others. 

"Spray-painting is just a symbolic first step. If the madness of Operation
Desert Storm is repeated again, MOE-TF and its friends will use every
peaceful means at its disposal to hamper and resist the ability of the
Canadian and American military apparatus to properly function in our
community," wrote Mr. Blue in a communique (Communique #1, MOE-TF,
02/12/98) sent to the Toronto Star newspaper. He added, "I strongly
encourage motivated groups and individuals to do the same in *their*
communities." 

In addititon to the fortress-like US Consulate, MOE-TF targetted the RCMI
which is conveniently located just three doors away. The RCMI is
self-described as "Toronto's long-established club for business and
professional people." According to a brochure obtained by MOE-TF cadres
inside the guarded stately Edwardian building: 

"The RCMI provides a unique blend of a distinguished private club and an
officers' mess. Founded in 1890, the Institute provides a home away from
home for members, serving officers and visitors." 

Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Minister of Defence Art Eggleton (a
former mayor of Toronto) recently promised Canadian military support for
the upcoming American offensive against Iraq in the form of a frigate,
transport planes and accompanying soldiers and personnel. 

The emergence of MOE-TF is of great concern to officials of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security and Intelligence
Service (CSIS), who have thus far considered the activities of MOE to be
harmless and limited to Vancouver. 

Yesterday's bombing was the second in as many days, with officials of the
original MOE targetting the US Consulate and a Canadian Armed Forces
recruiting office in Vancouver. Senior bureaucrats of MOE painted slogans
like "No Blood for Blowjobs" as well as drawing a heart with the words
"Bill + Saddam, Forever in Hell" inside. 

---------- end of forwarded message ----------

The US Consulate in Toronto is located near the corner of University and
Queen. The Royal Canadian Military Institute is located at 426 University
Avenue. 

The US Consulate in Vancouver is located at 1095 West Pender. A Canadian
Armed Forces Recruiting Office is just across the street. 


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