Activists Fire-Bomb Ottawa Bank in Name of Indigenous Rights: What Do You Think? POLL

Yesterday around 3:30 am, an Ottawa branch of the Royal Bank of Canada was torched in the name of “aboriginal peoples, workers and the poor” of British Columbia. It then appears the people responsible posted a video of the fire-bombing. The brief video of the actual incident is followed by a message (full text here) highlighting RBC’s major sponsorship of the 2010 Olympics “on stolen indigenous land.”

The bombers (whose identity/affiliation remains limited to “FFFC Ottawa” until confirmed otherwise) also express their anger over the bank’s role as

the major financier of Alberta’s tar sands [aka Oil Sands], one of the largest industrial projects in human history and perhaps the most destructive. The tar sands, now the cause of the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet, are slated to expand several times its current size.

By my count, at least three people can be seen in the video: presumably a cameraperson, plus two other people seen leaving the bank amidst the flames. Perhaps ironically, their getaway car was elsewhere “described only as being an SUV.”

But there may be more irony to come: for it is by no means clear or obvious that this incident will enjoy the wide-spread support of those who reportedly “inspired” the arson — namely, indigenous peoples.

And so, to help gauge what said peoples might think (and anyone else who cares to take part), mediaINDIGENA launches its second-ever poll: Tell us your thoughts: first by voting, then by adding your comments below!

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7 thoughts on “Activists Fire-Bomb Ottawa Bank in Name of Indigenous Rights: What Do You Think? POLL

  1. And if someone happened to be in the building at the time, unbeknownst to the perpetrators? How would it help the cause if an innocent had been injured or immolated?

    No to violence. Violent acts inevitably bring with them unintended consequences, can maim or kill innocents, and could actually be used as a convenient DISTRACTION from the legitimate causes they purport to represent and defend. These causes can stand well enough on their own merit.

  2. Thanks, angry white kids. Firebombing that bank more than made up for centuries of oppression.

  3. 1. This didn't get my land back
    2. Now I have to walk an extra 20 minutes to get to the bank.

    Please no more help from anarchists.

  4. I completely disagree with acts of violence, such as the firebombing done by (or, rather, claimed by) the FFFC simply because it accomplishes nothing.

    Upon watching their YouTube video…all I can wonder is who on earth wrote the text in the video, and why they know what a proper noun is? I counted seven errors!

    Also, I'm curious to know if they are purposefully misspelling Canada as Kanada, and thus trying to be anarchic, OR if they misspelled the Rotinoshoni word Kanata.

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