Organizers of the 2010 Winter Games are making an Olympian effort to sell the world on the idea that these will be the greenest Games ever. But a Council of Canadians-led coalition called VANOC’s green Games branding exercise nothing more than “greenwash” at a Thursday news conference.
Day 2 at the Olympic Tent Village went strongly and smoothly, thanks to the community effort to support and defend it. Hundreds gathered during the evening and through the night. During the day, there were a few minor police altercations, including the identification of two undercover police officers and another incident when the [Vancouver Police Department] attempted to barge into the Tent Village.
Olympics Can't Mask Canada's Human Rights Record on Indigenous Peoples: Canada's Aboriginal Show and Tell
By MARTIN LUKACS - February 17, 2010
The opening ceremonies at the Vancouver Winter Olympiad were flush with aboriginal motifs...Ever-sensitive about their reputation as a land of the fair-minded, Canada's Olympic planners have gone to lengths to showcase the nation's respect for aboriginals...[T]hey bought the support and participation of local First Nations with a few million in bonds, business ventures and gleaming buildings. An absolute bargain, if this aboriginal gilding can blind Canadians and the world to the country's secret shame: the true state of its Indigenous peoples.
On February 12th and 13th, 2010, thousands of courageous individuals came together to resist the 2010 Olympic police state and to attack the corporations plundering the land and deepening poverty. We write this communique as participants in and organizers of the black bloc presence at these demonstrations, known as “Take Back Our City” and “2010 Heart Attack.”
By Anthony Fenton - February 15, 2010
The 2010 Winter Olympics opened with the largest protest convergence in the history of the Games...As throngs of activists filled the Vancouver Art Gallery - indigenous, anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, environmentalist, anarchist, anti-war, pro-civil liberty, and anti-poverty alike - speakers laid out a laundry list of grievances against the Games.
By Meagan Perry - February 14, 2010
...[A]s of the VANOC games, police action seems to be taking a more confrontational turn...Today, Vancouver riot police were photographed with rifles.