Monday, Nov 14, 2016
Burnaby residents Try to Halt Demovictions
Could it happen in Chilliwack?
Submitted by Ian Drury
Demoviction protesters rally against City Hall bobbleheads to save 3000 homes or face living on the streets.
esidents from across the Lower Mainland gathered together in Burnaby today rallying against the City of Burnaby’s Downtown Metrotown Plan.
Residents marched through the streets,
blocking traffic, and listened to residents’ stories of demoviction.
Carrying signs, handing out leaflets to pedestrians, and chanting together,
residents showed that resistance is building and people are working together
to oppose the plan.
Alana Prochuk, a supporter of the residents
who advocates for women’s rights, said “It’s hard to overstate the danger
posed by the Metrotown plan for women.” Prochuk also informed the marchers
how poverty affects women differently, which is critical to recognize.
“Thirty six per cent of Indigenous women live in poverty and will be forced
into the street by Burnaby’s demoviction plan”.
McGowan continued by acknowledging the evident
plans of the City. “It is clear, the City and its developer friends, want to
cleanse the neighborhood of low-income renters.”
The march came to a close at the library where
Sara Sagaii, a representative with COPE, spoke about how to resist when
renters receive an eviction notice. “We must physically resist this
irrational violence. Tear up the damn pieces of paper. Tell the city we are
through obeying. We are not disposable and we will fight them to prove this.
Hell no, We won't go!”
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