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Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - three arrested for "assault by trespass"

by murray bush - flux photo

Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic in the alley behind the Regent Hotel
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Vigil for Ashley Machiskinic - murdered in the Downtown Eastside
Women inside the police station demanding action from the VPD
Dalannah Gail Bowen and Carol Martin
Carol Martin at Vancouver Police Station rally
Rally at Main St Vancouver Police Station
Rally at Main St Vancouver Police Station
Rally at Main St Vancouver Police Station
Dalannah Gail Bowen adresses rally at Vancouver Police Station
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip at Police station rally

Day of Action for Ashley Machiskinic - three arrested

DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE  - A vigil was held in the alley behind the Regent Hotel for Ashley Machiskinic, the 22-year-old Indigenous woman found  murdered in the alley on Sept. 15. It is widely believed she was thrown from a fifth-floor window.

The vigil was followed by a rally outside the Vancouver Police building on Main Street demanding the police investigate the case. Several women who attempted to present a letter demanding action on murdered and missing women to the VPD were locked in the police station and threatened with arrest. The seven women chose to stay inside until their demands were heard. Five eventually left and the three who chose not to leave were charged with "assault by trespass."

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued last year states that the “hundreds of cases involving aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in the past two decades have neither been fully investigated nor attracted priority attention.”

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Comments

How in the hell can you be

How in the hell can you be charged with "arrest for trespass" at a public police station?  What a ridiculous state this is.

rediculous state?

Not only is it a ridiculous state, and one state that those who colonized this land may be ashamed of, but this IS A POLICE STATE.

That is completely NOT OK and freaking crazy is that our so called "police forces" are pretty much completely unaccountable. Now that's shocking!

I say organize - like with the new DNC - Downtown Eastside Neighborhood Council (by and for low income residents of the DTES) and keep on these bully bastards - POLICE FORCES. http://dnchome.wordpress.com

Time for independent and diverse community driven and managed oversight.

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