Occupy Vancouver death dooms protest camp
The death of a woman taking part in the Occupy Vancouver protest at the city’s art gallery has led the city’s mayor to announce the protest movement’s tent city will be cleared.
“I have directed the city manager to expedite the appropriate steps to end the encampment as soon as possible with a safe resolution being absolutely critical to that,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said Saturday night.
Police said a woman in her 20s was found unresponsive inside a tent at the encampment at about 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday.
“Tragically, she could not be revived,” Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness told reporters. “She was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased at hospital.”
Police said the cause of death has not been determined and would not confirm reports the woman died of a drug overdose.
It was obvious that sooner or later someone would get hurt or killed. OWS has gone from protesting Wall Street to fighting for the “right” to build semi-permanent encampments in public spaces.
With free food, tents and sleeping bags being offered, the camps were bound to attract the real homeless, along with other unsavory elements of society. Recreational drug users mixed with hardcore addicts is a recipe for drug overdoses.
You would think the leaders of OWS would reconsider the camp-out aspect of their strategery, but I guess they’re afraid it would look like a defeat.
Gotta have priorities, right?