By Arthur Manuel
Photos by Arthur Manuel
Canada may have conducted it's Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics but not without a very strong opposition to Canada's terrible and tragic human rights and destructive environmental records. Thousands took to the streets in Vancouver from the Art Gallery to the BC Place Stadium.
Indigenous Elders led the way with chants of No Olympics on Stolen Indigenous Land.
The demo was a strong cross section between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples joining together to oppose the 2010 Winter Olympics for all the trouble they cause for the benefit of few big companies that cash in. The demo attracted the media and did disrupt the Opening Ceremony which would otherwise gone by without a hitch. Making substantive and positive pressure at the 2010 Winter Olympics is really important because Canada is trying to buy their way around their terrible human record at our expense. Any ways here are some pictures I took today of this very wonderful event. --Arthur Manuel
IPS news: Thousands protest Olympics
Olympic Resistance Network organiser Sozan Savehilaghi said, "The Olympics are taking place on lands that have never been surrendered. The people that are going to be impacted in a negative way the most are indigenous people; they have the highest rates of poverty, of abuse, and they are highly over-represented in prisons."