Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

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On 12 February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, thousands served notice that not everyone was happy with rhe Winter Olympics, which were kicking off that day at a gala ceremony attended by dignitaries from around the world. The protests marked the culmination of a cross-Canada campaign that began in 2006, when construction of Olympics facilities got underway. Protesters blockaded roads; sabotaged construction equipment; vandalized corporate sponsors; staged evictions; disrupted media events; and, in one brazen move, stole an over-sized Olympic flag that hung outside Vancouver's City Hall. 'No Olympics on Stolen Native Land' was the slogan coined by Gord Hill (Kwakwaka'wakw Nation), an activist with deep roots in Vancouver's anarchist community, to spearhead these actions. The slogan called attention to the fact that rhe Winter Olympics were to take place on lands that have never been ceded by Indigenous peoples to any colonizing government, including Canada. The cover photo includes, on the left, a banner with Hill's image of a striking eagle against a blazing sun. The eagle is an Indigenous symbol of power while Hill's sun imagery is taken from the flag of rhe Mohawk Warrior Society, rhe organization which defended Indigenous lands during an armed standoff wirh rhe Canadian military outside Montreal, Quebec, in 1990. …

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