by Am Johal | Rabble | February 21, 2006
The referendum in Vancouver over the 2010 Winter Olympic Games passed with 64 per cent support three years ago. But what lies behind every Games is the untold story of what happens to cities and communities as they make way for large and expensive infrastructure projects. The Olympic Games never pay for themselves since they require host cities to come up with the costs of infrastructure which in the case of Winter Olympics can be over $700 million.
2010watch will be attending the following events, please try and attend and raise your critical voice, and witness the development of the 2010 olympics and how its impacting your community.
1. Feb 26, Library Square, the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) will be hosting a Torino closing ceremonies party. 10:30am -2 pm.
Let's all show up and show the other side. We will have our own film crew there.
The Olympic torch relay was surrounded Sunday by the shouts of protesters, prompting organizers to skip the valley stretch near the town of Susa and instead head straight to the next stop.
Four anarchists were arrested Monday after briefly grabbing the Olympic torch from Italian track athlete Eleonora Berlanda as the relay passed through the northern Italian city of Trento. Runners escorting the flame snatched it back.
Mayor Sam Sullivan and his slim majority of newly elected city councillors began dismantling past council decisions yesterday by killing the planned trial of bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge...
...With that out of the way, after nearly six hours of delegations and debate, council moved immediately to reconsider another key past decision: the mix of social housing in the landmark southeast False Creek development, destined to be the athletes' village for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Attend a media conference to voice your concern about the atrocious ABSENCE of community consultation for a megaproject on the Gastown Waterfront. Our community's future will not be decided by the CPR, Vancouver Port Corporation, or land developers. We stopped a casino and we will stop a stadium.
Please attend with banners, signs, to hear the announcement and share local residents' views on megaprojects ignoring the voices of the DTES.
200 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
Special to resist.ca
The Green Monkey
The Green Monkey is pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign of resistance here on the coast: BURN the 2010 Olympics. That stands for Build Underground Resistance, Not the 2010 Olympics. We're expanding on a campaign against the 2002 Olympics in Utah. But Vancouver has more reasons to BURN the Olympics than Utah ever did. The Green Monkey is here to tell you why.
"The finance ministry has yet to announce the Olympic price tag, but has indicated the cost of the Athens Games would climb to about 9 billion euros (nearly $12 billion), by far the most expensive ever.
Greece had initially slated 4.6 billion euros ($6.2 billion) as the total cost for the games, but increased spending for security and last-minute completion of delayed venues."
MSNBC.com | November 12, 2004
Athens, Greece - The final cost of the Athens Olympics soared to about $11.6 billion -- at least $3.1 billion more than originally estimated.
Neither figure included transportation projects such as the new tram line, suburban rail network and extension of the Athens metro system to the airport.
Globe and Mail | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - Page A1
By Doug Saunders
London -- After a summer of fun, Games and frantic spending on the world's
largest party, the people of Greece are waking up this week to an Olympic
hangover of truly gold-medal proportions.
Friday 20 August 2004
Iraq's successful Olympic football team has
launched an outspoken attack on US President George W
Midfielder Salih Sadir said the team - which won
its group stage in Greece - was angry it had been used
in Mr Bush's re-election campaign ads.
The Greek state and the bosses killed dozens of workers in order to finish the Olympic stadiums on time...Then they poisoned thousands of stray animals (mostly dogs and cats)...
They installed surveillance cameras and brought two surveillance Zeppelins to stop public dissent...They deployed 80,000 police, riot police and army troopers all over Athens...
Now they are kidnapping drug addicts and immigrants....in order to make Athens seem "clean" and "civilised" like some of the western capitalist cities...
There are lots of reasons to oppose Olympic Games as we know them, not just the (2004) or (2010) games but all of them. A brief outline of ten reasons is given here.
Dissent! is a network of groups and individuals taking action against the G8 in Britain in 2005.
Our struggle against the globalisation of exploitation and capital means that we are in solidarity with the struggles of all the common people around the globe. Now the focus of the global bosses is the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece).
Today, the olympics concentrate the state's effort to deepen its authority in society, repressing all those resisting its plans. But this campaign is not adequate to instill fear, discourage and deter the multiform expressions of social and class struggle. On the contrary, it is a condition highlighting the necessity to intensify and spread this struggle in every front the bosses are opening with their aggression and in every front they try to close to their account.