I’m not sure what changed, my understanding of the #occupyvictoria movement in centennial square (beside city hall) is that the protestors would be left alone. I’m not sure what triggered the changes, but a couple hours ago the reports on twitter started of police harassing and arresting people. Apparently water and power was cut off from the protestors, and police were asking them to shut down their make shift kitchen. All of this is happening as it pours rain here in the downtown core of Victoria.
As I’m reading this, I was just sent a link that David Arthur Johnston was just sentenced to 60 days in jail where he promises a hunger strike that is likely to kill him. My understanding is that Mayor Dean Fortin had agreed to have the protesting tenters left alone. The difference is that David wasn’t there to protest, he’s homeless. At least on the surface, this seems quite hypocritical. Apparently there is an #occupyvictoria general assembly at 7pm, it’ll be interesting to hear how all of this unfolds.
Update 5:28pm PST:
- Paul let me know the kitchen has not been shut down.
- Victoria Police Department confirms there have been no arrests there today, and that the kitchen has been left alone.
- Water was cut off from the city of Victoria today. Campers were notified about this almost two weeks ago. The reason the city provided is that the water might freeze in the garden hoses.
- Power was cut off today, but this was not from the city of Victoria; the campers had effectively been stealing power from the CRD building.
- I went on site, and was finally told that there was after all no recorded incident around the kitchen, or any known arrests today. A lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) coming out of the camp, unfortunately.