Several videos have been posted on the Surrey rally calling for the arrest of admitted torturer George W. Bush. Here’s a protest song posted by The Georgia Strait (and more pictures here):
Another article reports that city council candidate, Gary Robinson, said that “everywhere he goes, people are outraged over the former president visiting his city.” The Georgia Strait added:
“That didn’t stop veteran Surrey councillor Judy Villeneuve from attending the Surrey Regional Economic Summit to listen to what Bush and another former president, Bill Clinton, had to say.
“Villeneuve told the Straight that she can ‘understand and appreciate’ the opinions of those who accused the City of Surrey of hosting a war criminal.
“She quickly added that she values freedom of speech and freedom of expression….
“One man who had no interest in hearing Bush was Darren Pearson, an organizer with the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society.
“’He wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t given assurances that he wouldn’t be arrested,’ Pearson said as he stood with a protest sign on the sidewalk outside the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. ‘He wouldn’t come across the border unless he was given those assurances.’”
The Province provided the following video noting that, “A few hundred protesters cried out for the arrest of former U.S. president George W. Bush, who was addressing the Surrey Economic Summit along with Bill Clinton on Oct. 20, 2011.”
Elaine O’Connor titled her piece, Angry B.C. crowd demands arrest of George W. Bush.
“Shouting ‘Shame on the police!’ and ‘Do your job, enforce the law!’ a few hundred protesters cried out for the arrest of former U.S. president George W. Bush, who was here to address the Surrey Economic Summit on Thursday.
“Derrick O’Keefe, co-chairman of Stop War, said the chances of having Bush arrested are slim, but he hopes other countries take notice.
“’Especially the countries where Bush’s policies killed hundreds of thousands of people, we hope somewhere in Iraq someone will know that here in Canada, we took a stand, we did what we could,’ he said.
“’It’s our sincere belief that these efforts will keep up and . . . someday, somewhere, George Bush will either be prosecuted or it will get to the point where he just can’t leave his ranch in Texas….’
“Bush and fellow former U.S president Bill Clinton were the summit’s keynote speakers.
“Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts faced criticism but defended her choice and also the rights of demonstrators to protest.
“’I think it is very important to make sure that people have a venue and an avenue to voice their opinion,” she said. ‘And I think as you have seen today it’s not just about two presidents. It’s a well-rounded summit.’
“The former presidents discussed the ‘new realities of the North American economy’ in a session that was closed to the public and the media.
“Watts also said the no-media policy for the Bush and Clinton speeches was not the city’s initiative.
“’That’s their requirement and there is nothing I can do,’ she told reporters.”
Amnesty International also called for Bush’s arrest “for his role in torture.” Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:
“Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former President Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture.
“As the US authorities have, so far, failed to bring former President Bush to justice, the international community must step in. A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights.”
AI also explained the details of its Memorandum in support of the need for arrest. (Read more here.)
How utterly unsurprising that the 1% protects crimes against the 99% of humanity.
Occupy Vancouver had its rally and uploaded several unedited videos … gotta say, I agree with this sign: