Thursday, February 16, 2006

Stop the ‘Charging Bison’ in its tracks!

Beginning April 30th of this year, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will beconducting a week-long, large-scale urban-warfare exercise in downtown Winnipeg. Taking place over May Day, International Worker’s Day, this exercise is an outrageous provocation toward people’s movements and must be opposed and resisted.

Around the world, the maple-leaf flown by the CAF has come to represent murder, torture and oppression to those unlucky enough to see it flying. In Afghanistan, Canadian Forces are helping to prop-up and defend a vicious theocracy that is completely opposed to the basic interests of the people there. In Haiti, Canadian Forces worked together with France and the US to carry out a coup d’etat against the elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and to install a government of business elites who are opening the already extremely-poor country to even more exploitation. Here in Canada, the CAF has suppressed numerous acts of resistance by Aboriginal Peoples.

The urban-warfare exercise, already given the codename ‘Operation Charging Bison,’ will serve to train the CAF to better carry out their reactionary, anti-people, anti-peace, counter-revolutionary, and pro-imperialist role.

We, the activists of the World People’s Resistance Movement (Winnipeg) are therefore calling for massive resistance. In the weeks leading up to‘Operating Charging Bison’ we will be conducting mass work in the nearby neighborhoods and communities where the exercises will be taking place. This mass work will serve to build up a basis of support for the upcoming actions as well as give us an opportunity to engage with the masses around the questions of internationalism, anti-imperialism, opposition to unjustwar, and the possibilities of a much better world. During the operation itself we will be participating in many diverse actions, including (but certainly not limited to!) a May Day march calling for the withdrawal of all Canadian troops from Haiti, Afghanistan, and our city. It is abhorrent that they will be training to put down legitimate resistance movements –and we need to ensure that they are not welcome.

In short, we want to change the whole political terrain, both in this city and around the world. We want to put opposition to Canada’s terrible role in Haiti and Afghanistan in the mainstream. We want to make a splash so big that no one in the country will be able to ignore it. We want to send a message to the people of the whole world -- from Port-au-Prince toKandahar to Fallujah – that we stand with them, against our government, in unity and in hope for all-the-way liberation.

Drop your plans and come to Winnipeg for the weeks leading up to May Day.Help place Winnipeg in the same category as Seattle, Quebec City, and Genoa. Be part of history in the making: Because the world can’t wait.

3 Comments:

Blogger Peter L said •

Sir,

You obviously;

a) Don't know what your talking about.

b) Are living in the wrong country. Might I suggest Iran or North Korea?

Have a terror free day, courtesy of the Canadian Forces.

11:51 AM  
Blogger pcampbell said •

You are so completely out of touch with reality it's not funny. It's scary. There is nowhere in the world where the Canadian flag flown by the CAF has come to represent murder, torture, and oppression.

The CAF are NOT in Afghanistan "propping up" the government. They are in Afghanistan to help protect the people of Afghanistan from the ousted Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies. This is allowing the people of Afghanistan to rebuild their war-torn country with the help of many nations. The current government of Afghanistan was elected by the people in an election that was closely monitored to ensure there was no cheating.

In Haiti, the CAF had nothing to do with the events that saw Aristide spirited away. The country was in civil war, with the rebels a day away from catching Aristide. His "democratically elected" status was challenged by the opposition, who had boycotted the presedential election because of cheating and fraud in the legislative elections. To label him the "elected president" ignores the fact that his election was so questionable it spawned a civil war. The CAF didn't arrive in Haiti until well after all this took place, and they went to provide humanitarian aid because of a crisis caused by a hurricane.

As far as I know, it's the provincial police, not the CAF, that are called in to respond to problems with regards to aboriginal peoples. At least that's how Ontario has been handling it for the last few decades.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Hotrodsntats said •

Good for you for using your rights. Good for you for speaking your mind!

It is unfortunate however, that you don't really have anything intelligent to say. As well you do realize that your right to protest, the right to think freely etc was paid for by the lives of soldiers? I have served Canada on several over-seas missions, and our military has done what was needed to be done. The countries we have deployed to are better off now. The genocide in the Balkans has ended now thanks to the military. National Socialism(NAZI's)we virtualy wiped out by the military! You do realize that with out the Army, those people would still be in power and people who are free thinking, such as yourself would very likly be rotting in jail or worse. While I do commend you for standing up for something you belive, please do us all a favour and think before you act. These acts that you protest are what keeps you safe at night.

"IT WAS THE SOLDIER NOT THE REPORTER THAT GAVE YOU THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.
IT WAS THE SOLDIER NOT THE CAMPUS ORGANIZER THAT GAVE YOU THE FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY.
IT IS THE SOLDIER WHO SERVES OTHERS WITH RESPECT FOR THE FLAG, WHO SLAUTES THE FLAG, WHO IS BURIED BENEATH THE FLAG.
IT IS THE SOLDIER WHO ALLOWS THE PROTESTER TO BURN THE FLAG."

2:21 PM  

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