Three Canadian youths were dragged out of a Vancouver convention center for having anti-war t-shirts in their backpacks.
Canada’s government news agency had this to say:
A weeping Nathalie Lozano, 19, told CBC News the incident began when the three women lined up at a security checkpoint in the building, on their way to the washroom.
Lozano says officials searched their bags and confiscated T-shirts with a political slogan on them.
“We had the shirts that say, ‘Don’t be a war toy.’ We had them in our bags, we didn’t have them on. When they saw us in the backpacks with them, they took it from us and they say we couldn’t get them.”
But she says she decided to back one of her friends who refused to leave without the T-shirts.
“I was a little bit hesitant, I didn’t know what to do, ’cause I got a little bit scared, but she said she wasn’t going to move at all, and so I decided to stay with them.”
Lozano says she was then dragged out of the convention centre by her hair. “They started pulling us, they pulled my hair, they pulled a lot of hair of me.”
Now, how they could get away with this? Because it does, after all, look like they’re getting away with this:
The conference is being run by the UN, which means the convention centre in downtown Vancouver is not part of Canada during the session and comes under UN control, says spokesman Sharad Shankardass.
He said it is being policed by security forces from New York and Nairobi.
Shankardass says the T-shirts are considered “objectionable material” by the UN because they directly attack a UN member state. However, he didn’t clarify which one.
Nevertheless, he says the UN is taking the incident seriously and will prepare a report.
So apparently you have to allow a tiny part of your nation to be turned into a police state whenever you host a United Nations shindig. But they’ll “file a report,” so I feel better already.
This is twice now within a year that Canadian national sovereignty was given a great big fuckyou-both times, incidentally, it happened in British Columbia. Now, I knew that Canada’s testicles were in a guarded room somewhere in New York… but now I have to ask whether that guarded room is in the UN building.
Yes, in case anyone was wondering what I thought about it, I fully agree that the UN is evil. We just need to figure out some practical way to take it down a few pegs until we can drown it in a bathtub… and just talking about it isn’t enough.