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Occupy Victoria Park?

Halifax group wants to make some noise about Bill C-51

by Robert Devet

A small group of people who share a dislike of Bill C-51 gathered at Victoria Park in downtown Halifax. Eventually they hope to turn the protest into some kind or permanent presence. Photo Robert Devet
A small group of people who share a dislike of Bill C-51 gathered at Victoria Park in downtown Halifax. Eventually they hope to turn the protest into some kind or permanent presence. Photo Robert Devet
One of the protesters was awfully cute! Photo Robert Devet
One of the protesters was awfully cute! Photo Robert Devet

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) - You have to start somewhere.

This afternoon just a handful of people gathered at Victoria Park to protest Bill C- 51, as Harper's anti-terrorist legislation that's winding its way through the Senate before becoming law.

Opponents of Bill C-51 believe the legislation suppresses rights and freedoms and will make dissent of any kind more difficult.

The hope among organizers was to turn the event into a full-blown occupation. But not enough people showed up to make that a reality.

“The plan is still to have an ongoing protest and presence,” says Joe, one of the organizers of the event.

“But if we can't be here overnight and have a permanent camp set up at this time, it would be good to have at least a daily presence,” Joe adds.

“When you are out pamphletting and talking to people, even in your own circles, you get a lot of resistance. Sometimes it feels futile, but you can't give in,” he says.

At the time of posting it wasn't quite clear what will happen next. A facebook page was created to provide further updates.

Follow Robert Devet on Twitter @DevetRobert

 


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