Last weekend, radical activist groups from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside took to the streets to demand action from government on social housing.
Saturday’s protest saw them march across the Downtown Eastside before arriving at an empty lot owned by the City adjacent to a community garden. That is where the protest turned to illegal activity.
Despite a locked gate, activists broke in by cutting the lock behind a banner. They then proclaimed they’d be setting up a tent city.
Vancouver Police were happy to stand by, let them cut a padlock, break into city property and then spew terrible rhetoric towards the police.
We’ve seen this happen time and time again: tent cities come with extra costs to taxpayers as the weeks roll on and we eventually get a court order to take them down once they get out of control.
So when will city hall and police start being proactive and prevent them from being set up in the first place?