27 Sep '11, 6pm

More than 100 tar-sands activists politely arrested in polite Canadian protest #nokxl

On Monday, at least 400 protestors stormed -- or, more accurately, walked gently up to and tapped on the shoulder -- the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Over 100 people were arrested , charged with trespassing, and barred from coming near the parliament building for a year. But everybody was REALLY, REALLY POLITE about it. The Greenpeace-organized protest -- which, like Tar Sands Action in the U.S., attracted several celebrities -- was described by police as "orderly and peaceful." Protestors climbed over a police fence to swarm the building, but they lined up neatly to go over one at a time, using ladders (provided by the authorities!) and proper ladder safety. So Canadian! It's kind of a surprise that they didn't just stand outside Parliament and cough pointedly. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver observed the polite protest...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-09-27-more-than-100-tar-sa...

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