By Infoshop News - Thursday, February 11 2010
Rochester Indymedia journalist, Dawn Zuppelli, was interrogated and detained for over an hour by the Canadian Border Services Agency...on her way to cover protests at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver...[She] was tagged for further interrogation and funneled off to a check point area...[and] was taken into a separate room with other agents and passengers. The room was outfitted with sterile metal desks, two sided mirrored window rooms, and plenty of customs officers donning bullet proof vests and latex gloves...["]You are here to protest and we know that."
By Derrick O'Keefe - February 11, 2010
Many of Canada’s athletes were bitterly disappointed [by the boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games] in 1980, but our country’s authorities assured them that the rights of the people of Afghanistan were worth the sacrifice of their athletic ambitions...Thirty years later, it is the United States, Canada, and the other NATO countries that are occupying Afghanistan. Instead of a boycott, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are being used to promote militarism in general and Canada’s role in the occupation of Afghanistan in particular.
The Olympic Resistance Network is receiving news of a growing number of anti-Olympic protestors and Independent Journalists being denied entry at the Canadian border...At least two delegates...[going] to the Indigenous Peoples Assembly in Secwepemc Territories were denied entry into Canada. Other anti-Olympic protestors report extensive laptop and cell phone searches as well as hours-long interrogations.
By JULES BOYKOFF - Counterpunch
Just behind the slick, smiley-faced façade of Olympic spirit, the Canadian state is flexing its militarized muscles, employing an array of tactics designed to suppress political dissent in the lead-up to the Olympics...Meanwhile a parallel universe of anti-Olympic resistance thrums full-throttle. This movement...has achieved significant rollback of repressive measures, setting the stage for a showdown with state forces in the days to come.
By Dave Zirin - February 9, 2009
News Flash: Winter Olympic officials in tropical Vancouver have been forced to import snow - on the public dime - to make sure that the 2010 games proceed as planned. This use of tax-dollars is just the icing on the cake for increasingly angry Vancouver residents. And unlike the snow, the anger shows no signs of abating.