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Since the initiation of the tent city at 58 W. Hastings street in Vancouver, community activists and legal observers have noted the presence of undercover police officers at the site. This afternoon, two officers were outed and removed from the site by residents.
"I think there's a possibility that the police would use under cover cops or their agents as provocateurs to create trouble in the tent city to give the city and the police and excuse to break the tent city up," said Lily Loncar, a staff member of the Downtown Eastside Residents Assocation, who positively identified the men in the photograph.
The presence of police agents is a disturbing development, but is part and parcel of policing tactics in Vancouver during the 2010 Games.
"The people at the tent city are aware that there may be infiltrators in the tent city, not just the two that got outed," said Loncar. "But the people are strong, and they will just continue on," she said.