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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
The place currently have their hand on an Indigenous elder inside the building. She has been cornered. Everyone here has their cameras out. The police vans are here.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
My autocorrect knows I’d rather talk about place than police, but unfortunately tonight the latter are literally dominating. Indigenous youth + allies don’t do this for fun, they do it because they’re not given voice or choice. This is what colonial violence looks like in Canada.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
One of the Indigenous youths inside is experiencing a medical concern. There is a registered nurse here that the police will not allow in. There are very few youth left to arrest and no reason medical help should be denied. But the cops say they’re here for “safety” 🙄
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
It’s now over 17 hours later and Indigenous youth are still holding it down. An ambulance has come to attend to the person who needs medical care. As far as I can see, the youth left are locked down. Just heard that the medic is providing water, which police have withheld.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @shaysampo
My friend has been running a Facebook live feed of tonight for about 3.5 hours. CW warning for police violence.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
The VicPD just forcibly removed a local Indigenous youth from the territory his ancestors have walked on for centuries, repeating the violence that began when Canadian settler society began to establish itself. When will this intergenerational oppression end?
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
The Indigenous youth persevering are laying on the ground, locked down, being filmed + searched. The cops just went in with tools and we can hear them running a machine. As far as I know, if they hit someone’s arm there is no medical support. We can hear the youth singing inside.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @StacieASwain
Still here, nearly 18 hours into the occupation. I can’t quite see if there are one or two youth left. The last arrested-also the one who needed a medic-requested someone to accompany them to the station in the van because they didn’t feel safe, and that wasn’t granted.
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
Replying to @bcgeu @michellemungall
An arrest. Seems like VicPD have been told to clear the Indigenous youth from the ministry before the workday begins. Who gave that order? How do employees feel about the violence committed in their workplace overnight? And , who could have met w/the youth?
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Stacie Swain Jan 22
The arrests are over. I just got home. Feeling for the Indig youth who are ending the night in a cell. It’s no secret that & were part of this. Follow them and lift their voices. Follow & , who they acted in solidarity with.
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Stacie Swain
If you’re local to Vic, go to the snap rally at 8 AM at 1810 Blanshard. Mark what happened there tonight. Follow . Watch for jail, court, & legal fund support opportunities. Don’t let this be swept under the rug + into the past. Signing off. Thanks for your shares.
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