The Co-opting of occupy Toronto
Meow everyone. In the last article on Occupy Toronto, I went into detail about the involvement of the unions and the levels of support they provided to this movement that was touted as being a so called spontaneous protest. Well as we learned in the last article, there was absolutely nothing spontaneous about it. How could it have been. The amount of planning, significant advanced planning, made the whole idea of it being spontaneous an utter fallacy. However, the general masses were of course kept in the dark about all that, as, the leaders / facilitators needed to put on a show that would, in the eyes of the same masses, make them ( the leaders / facilitators ) appear to be brilliant strategists who can accomplish anything with little to no effort. Well, it took little to no effort for them to show how flawed their plans were and indeed, how poorly they had planned, or more correctly how poorly their handlers had planned things out. Yes, there were logistics in place to provide the park encampment with the material necessities , but the leaders / facilitators, their handlers and advisors were not able to control the human element, the random elements that would be the real key to either a success, or failure of Occupy Toronto. The plethora of troubles at the park would be more than sufficient proof of that.
However, what was inevitable and could not be stopped was the impending eviction of the park. It would be a very welcome event to all of the local residents and local business, who were all sick and tired of the crime spree, disease laden, cesspool of bacteria that occupy had become. Going into a level five containment laboratory sans containment suit was less of a danger than risking exposure to what the park had to offer.
It was, however, not quite like that for some of the top leaders / facilitators of the Occupy Toronto movement. In fact, the top leaders / facilitators had quite a good ride out of this. They stayed in luxury at one the cities top hotels, courtesy of the OFL, ( Ontario Federation Labor ) A great view of city from the 27 floor as I recall. After all, the unions were at war with city hall so what better way to keep an eye on them than by putting up a few disposable bodies for a few weeks.
It just so happened that the OFL was holding their annual conference at the same hotel and I would bet you would never guess who were the stars of the show. ( keep guessing, I am not giving the story away that easily ) The top leaders / facilitators were working for the unions to not only provide bodies for future union actions, but also, occupy leaders , facilitators were given direct access to key political allies to fast track certain agendas.
The leaders / facilitators were hard at work, behind the scenes selling out to whom even had the most to offer them. Too bad that these unions, being as notorious as they are for not sticking to their agreements, would offer the moon but only provide a faded , cheap black and white image at the end. The ride in between was nice though, just ask these people here as shown .
As Dave Vasey and his merry band of knuckle dragging Neanderthals were co-opting Occupy Toronto , they were also changing the formula of the movement to one where violence and anarchy was going to be the main headline, and to become the identifying feature of this movement. I do want to point out, however, that not all those who identify as anarchists are the smash shit up type. However, I have seen that at least from the anarchists we have here in Toronto, they are mostly goons for hire by unions and just about any other ultra left wing fringe group. Any possible credibility that an organization may have had in a planning stage is instantly lost the second these goons show up. It always the usual, “ fuck the police, make the rich pay, this is every bodies fault but mine,” and just about every other cheap slogan that one can arrive at is uttered ad-nauseum.
Dave Vasey comes from a rather interesting background. He is educated at York University a hot bed of radicalism and later went to work in the nuclear industry which he left, according to him because it conflicted with his political and environmental beliefs. I can understand and even respect a person leaving something where they felt out of place and it conflicted with them on a deeply personal level. Vasey has aligned himself with some of the most notorious , most dangerous and most radical groups on the planet. The Rukus Society, Greenpeace and No One is Illegal are three of them.
If you live in Toronto, groups like Green peace and the Rukus Society are not likely to be organizations you hear of daily. However, groups like No One is Illegal is better known, if not infamous for their brand of radical protests. During the 2010 G20 here in Toronto, No One is Illegal were one the groups that was front and center in leading black bloc anarchists into a rioting frenzy.
Lets have a much closer look at the people that Dave Vasey is very closely tied to and devoted to. While the persons listed below were not officially part of occupy Toronto, the direction that Vasey wanted to hijack the movement to was very much in line with the ultra radical approaches used by the below listed persons, who, in my opinion , based on their actions, are nothing but urban terrorists, in my opinion.
Harsha Walia recently came to Ryerson University to make a short presentation on women’s’ issues. I had the opportunity to attend this seminar. Ms. Walia was the last speaker in a panel of four in total and her entire diatribe was not only pure fiction , her entire tirade was riddled with hate towards all white males. She actually stated that the “ only purpose white males have is to oppress women of color. “ Well, speaking as a white male, I can say quite proudly that I have never oppressed any woman at any time, EVER. In fact Ms. Walia . it may behoove you to learn that I know a considerable number of other white males who also are proud to come with such a proclamation. Yet, according to Ms. Walia, I, along with three or four billion other white males do nothing but oppress women of color. Actually according to her, we are defaulted to do this. I am guessing that her education was done on some other planet. I wonder if she told the white profs she had that she was being oppressed by them if they gave her a grade she disliked.
Ms. Walia is also quite famous for a video she was a art of where she actually outright proclaimed her support for the use of violence and property destruction during protests. This comment was directly used for both the G20 here in Toronto as well as the Vancouver Olympics which her group played a direct hand in the violence and destruction of property. Harsha Walia is also , if one came give a ranking system to the top ten of the worst of the worst of the anarchists, along with several other from here in Ontario, several of them doing hard time in the prison system for their actions during the G20. Dave Vasey, while not in jail, ( yet ) is one of those on that top ten list. Walia did in occupy Vancouver, what Vasey and his band of brain dead buffoons did here.
Next on the list, of the worst of the worst, is Jaggi Singh. Singh is from Montreal and is the Montreal counterpart to Walia, and no less violent, and just as stupid. He boasts about himself being an anarchist and, as shown in these images, he has little trouble being confrontational. I, on the other hand, have little trouble seeing him wearing orange coveralls for the next 15 – 25 years.
Vasey likes to hang with local malcontents as well. One of his best friends is Farrah Miranda from No One is Illegal. Not a great deal is known about Miranda but she most certainly played a very significant role during the G20 riots as these images show. Yes Ms. Miranda , there are cameras everywhere, some of them could be mine, or not, you just never know.
Next on Vaseys list of professional malcontents is none other than Syed Hassan , strangely enough, also of No One is Illegal . Hassan one also one of the persons charged as being one the very top, main planners of the G20 riots , but it was rumored that a deal was cut were Alex Hundert would serve prison time so as to avoid possible deportation of Hassan. Don’t Worry Syed, there are lots of airplanes that will fly your sorry ass out from here, one way of course. Would you like two of four guards to escort you to your new place of residence? I hear that since this whole global warning thing took off, Siberia may actually be livable for three weeks of the year now. Please don’t hurry back either, as, we don’t really want you here anyway. Syed Hassan was the guy who, during the planning of a flash mob in the Eaton Center in Toronto, on what is known as Black Friday, was actually posting online, encouraging people to steal from the mall.
Vasey does have other, low brow, minions to capitulate to his every whim , but those in eternal servitude to him will end up as he did , arrested, likely in jail at some point and like those who came before him and after him , will blame everyone else for their downfall rather than take responsibility for their own actions. I will finish this part of the story at the very end, as, this is ongoing.
Just for the record, with the exception of one or two images, which I shot, the remaining images in this article were found online via regular Google searches. Occupy Toronto was co-opted by Vasey and some of his idiotic minions and everything that Occupy could have been was killed off the second he came to the scene. This is a guy , who in my opinion may be one of the most dangerous people in the protest movement . He is hard to track down as he moves around a lot. He has no real set cause, rather he takes on causes that are flavor of the month and / or assigned to him by some higher authority over him.
There is a very definite hierarchy in the world of the professional protestor. People like Vasey are revered in the protest world but their credibility comes not from actually positive accomplishments, but rather, cred come from danger level of an action, or series of actions and further, cred comes from the number of police engagements and encounters they have. Bragging rights play a huge part in the credibility of a professional protestor. Public and personal safety are not factors in the thinking process of people like Vasey. I used the example earlier about his rather laughable Halloween bank protest where he and his fellow protestors went to banks to demand that the banks give them money . While here in Canada, we have very strict laws about who can and cannot carry a side arm, if he tried that in the USA, he could well have been shot by bank security staff along with his orts. Vasey et al will, willingly put people in danger, place people at risk, in order to accomplish HIS agenda. He has proven this at Occupy, he has proven this as occupy mutated into other protest actions and he will continue to do this. If he was a REAL leader who really did care about his causes, he would have put a stop to Tey Winney, when Winney was purported to be tampering with the rail lines at the Sarnia Ontario railway blockade in December of 2012. ( as told to be via direct conversation from a person who was there and directly saw this take place ) Yes Trey, Dave, I know about that.
Vasey is not done putting people in harms way just yet. The co-opting is only just getting started and you will never guess who is playing a key role. The very last article of this series will discuss that in detail . Stay tuned ……….