Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Moving Mountains for Mother Earth
Could the Burnaby Mountain anti-pipeline protest turn into an international political prisoner incident?
Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC
es, a lot of people, both native and non-native, are angry at Kinder Morgan over Burnaby Mountain. I understand this anger. I also understand how and why a court injunction was used against the protesters at Burnaby Mountain. What is a court ordered injunction?
When a private companyís work is
being interfered with by people who protest the work, then the company
can go to court and ask a judge to make an order stating that the
protesters have to stop interfering. The judge will almost certainly
give the injunction. He or she will almost certainly have been a
corporate lawyer before becoming a judge. So with injunction in hand and
read to the protesters the police can then be called to come arrest
people who wonít get out of the way of the bulldozers. If anybody
refuses to stand down they will be arrested and taken to jail and
charged with Contempt of Court.
How does this work out in real time? Not good.
The arrestee is essentially
washed out of the protest. He or she canít go back to the protest, canít
join any other protest, and at trial must apologize to the presiding
judge for disobeying a court order, and or, pay a fine and do some
community work. The alternative to this disgusting, degrading scenario?
Refuse to sign the undertaking. Stay in jail. When people do this there
is a transfer of power. The powers that be wonít know what to do with
such protesters as they have become political prisoners in a country
that isnít supposed to have political prisoners.
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