In an event eerily similar to Caledonia thus far, a relatively small group of Tamil “protestors” marched onto the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto this evening shutting down a major artery of the city and disrupting the lives of thousands of innocent bystanders who happened to be on the wrong highway at the wrong time.
Why did they do it? To further their political agenda. They want Canada to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign nation, and as this site will not become a vessel for the agenda of this or any other extremist group, I’m not going to elaborate on their demands.
How did they do it? They put women and children in front to keep the cops at bay and marched onto The Gardiner at Spadina waving red flags and talking about genocide. This is all very familiar to those involved in the Caledonia crisis.
The response according to CFRB which I listened to for about an hour has been that the Police have done nothing to prevent thousands of people from committing mischief, but have shut down the affected lanes of the Gardiner themselves instead. Pictures have already surfaced online of Riot Squad members standing at the ready but doing nothing, and the highway remains closed.
With the exception of 2 sympathisers, nobody who called in while I was listening had any sympathy for those who are choosing to put their own agenda ahead of the rights of Torontonians, and in the end I would wager that this act will accomplish nothing for anyone. It’s just another case of a group of very selfish people trying to force the hand of the Government by using innocent bystanders as leverage.
The last thing I heard was at 8pm when John Tory – the former PC leader who has been reduced to a talk show host by his own incompetence got on the air and stated “Nobody has the right to shut down a highway or interfere with the rights of others. We have the rule of law here” Unfortunate that he’s thinking of this 2 years too late and now that he has been disgraced and lost any power he once had.
If Caledonia is indeed an example of how Canadians deal with this kind of ridiculous behaviour, then the Ontario government will likely be trying to purchase something to give to the protestors, the Police will refuse to arrest those committing crimes and claim to be “keeping the peace” while the highway remains closed, and some sort of whining, babbling figurehead will soon emerge to blame the whole thing on Gary McHale.
In any case it will be interesting to see how it all turns out and if the people of Toronto who are being impacted by this will have a different outlook the next time Caledonia is in the news because of a group of selfish individuals who decided to block a highway to force changes in government policy.
UPDATED: May 11, 2009 – The Gardiner was cleared before the Monday rush hour not by the police enforcing the law, but by the Liberals caving into their demands and agreeing to discuss their agenda in caucus. Reuters is now reporting that Tamil “protestors” have shut down roads around Westminster in England. What will they do next as they continue to be emboldened?
Other sites of interest for those just now hearing about Caledonia for the first time:www.CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com www.VoiceOfCanada.ca