Letter to the Editor: RCMP Arrest
The treatment of John Perkins by the RCMP and Atlantic Gold’s security thug at a community meeting in Sherbrooke on May 24th was appalling Most in attendance were shocked and astonished by the unnecessary use of force and the RCMP’s role in supporting the Company in its’ efforts to rid the meeting of anyone questioning Atlantic Gold’s plans for the area
Anyone familiar with the activities of Canadian mining companies in other parts of the world would not be surprised by the use of thugs and police to assist mining companies in getting their way despite local opposition. People trying to protect their homes and the local environment are often displaced, and many are beaten, shot, or disappeared. Trials are currently underway related to the atrocities of Canadian mining companies in Guatemala. Their record in many other countries is no better and a stain on the reputation of all Canadians.
The use of police forces to stifle freedom of expression is becoming an everyday event in Canada. The threat of an arrest without any investigation of the facts or any explanation of the charges, has become a common means of taking away a citizens freedom of expression.
We don’t need rogue mining companies in Nova Scotia who have no respect for the environment or for local citizens. We also don’t need a police force that consistently protects large Corporations while trampling on the rights of ordinary citizens.
Mushaboom Halifax Reg Municipality