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(en) Canada, Vancover, Police and Drug Dealers Threaten Peaceful Non-Violent Squatters

From "Friends of the Woodwards Squat" <violetta_sera@hotmail.com>
Date Thu, 17 Oct 2002 11:49:47 -0400 (EDT)

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The Vancouver Police and local drug dealers announced threats of physical 
violence against the peaceful residents of the Woodwards Squat this morning.

VPD boss Jamie Graham issued the threat which was printed on page A22c of 
the Vancouver Province. "There will come a time when the legitimizing of 
this kind of protest ends," he exclaimed. He then announced his desire to 
obtain a court order to remove the homeless from sidewalks using physical 
force. The City of Vancouver continues to insist that it is opposed to the 
use of a bylaw injunction to "deal with" the public housing crisis.

Drug dealers across the street, on Hastings, insist that they are losing 
$2000-$5000 per day in the trade of crack cocaine. If this was true it would 
lend credibility to the remark made by Jon Stovell, president of the 
"Gastown Business Improvement Society," that area business is suffering. 
This morning dealers attacked members of the squat kitchen crew in an 
attempt to steal food. Additional support from the community is required 
during the early morning hours (midnight-8am) to ensure safety at the squat.

It is unknown at this time if the VPD and dealers are working in a 
co-ordinated effort to disrupt the self-management of the Woodwards Squat.

On a related matter, a law suit is in preparation by the Woodwards Social 
Housing Coalition. The VPD will be sued and ordered by the courts to pay for 
all the personal possessions they stole or destroyed after the violent raids 
and arrests of 21 September and 22 September. An inventory of all items is 
near completion. Vancouver Police will also be held accountable for the 
attack on community members and children at Britannia on 03 October and the 
subsequent arrest and harassment of political dissidents on 04-05 October.

A comprehensive list of police abuses is also in preparation. The 
Anti-Poverty Committee has called for a full inquiry into police actions 
following the Britannia police riot: "To pressure the police comlpaints 
commission to do this, it is ESSENTIAL that everyone who witnessed the 
violence and brutality that day submit an official complaint form. If the 
commission recieves enough complaints, they will be forced to conduct an 
inquiry. People are also encouraged to submit complaints on police conduct 
during the squat eviction and the sidewalk cleansing at Woodwards."

Complaint forms are available from the APC office at 42 Blood Alley Square 
(604-682-2726) or on-line at http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/police/r202_98.htm
APC asks that you send a copy of the complaint to their office for their 

All persons with cameras or recording devices should be careful at future 
public events involving police. At all three police actions, on 21 
September, 22 September, and 03 October, photographers were targeted and 
their cameras damaged or confiscated immediately prior to or in the initial 
stages of the police violence. On each of the three occasions photographers 
were detained or arrested and were prohibited from recording police actions.

Updates from the Friends of the Woodwards Squat:


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