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“Letter: Canadian government is the criminal, not climate justice protestors”

2009

A letter from Jessica Bell on Kelowna.com

Since Nov. 22, over 29 people have been arrested by holding peaceful sit-ins at the offices of Conservative Cabinet Ministers to demand the Canadian Government sign a just, fair, and binding treaty at the climate change negotiations to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 7-18.

Sits-ins have taken place at the offices of Jim Prentice, Rona Ambrose, Jim Flaherty, Andrew Saxton, Gary Lunn, and Andrew Baird’s office.  More acts of civil disobedience are expected in the coming days.

These acts of civil disobedience on Canadian soil have been mirrored by protesters in other rich heavily polluting nations.  On Nov. 23, 130 Australians were arrested outside Australia’s Federal Parliament in Canberra, and on Nov. 30, 23 people in San Francisco blocked the entrances to a Bank of America office for the company’s funding of oil, gas, and coal projects.

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