As Cold Weather Increases Tent City Invites Members of the community to see the reality through visits and tours, police respond with increased repression

9 Nov

As the cold weather sets in organizers of Tent City invited members of the community, media and city council to come and see for themselves the reality that people at tent city are facing. Despite the fact that people have been camping out for months and temperatures are so cold that it is actually snowing the region is still dragging their heels in terms of finding the residents of tent city housing.

As a result members of Tent city have started tours of the site to show the media and general public the conditions that people are living in. The police responded to an article published in the papers by arresting and detaining organizers of tent city.

It is quite obvious that this new wave of repression is a state attempt to silence poor people from speaking out about the reality they feel and that this new wave of repression is an attempt to keep poverty out of site and out of mind. With the creation of the LRT Kitchener is trying to position itself as a developing technological hub, and the fact that there is a tent city very similar to the slums of many underdeveloped nations five minutes from the downtown core is seen as an insult to this image. As such police serve their masters the rich by using any and all means available to punish poor people from speaking out and criminalizing their very existence. We ask members of the community to support the Tent City politically and through donating things that people need to survive, donations such as food blankets money etc. are greatly appreciated, as well as political support and condemnation of this most recent wave of repression.

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