The answer to 1984... is 1776

Friday, June 18, 2010


I have to admit the comments made at the bottom of the  Globe and Mail article were stunning...
"it looks like these comments are planted" said one.

Here are the gentleman...

Less than a week before the G8 and G20 summits, Ottawa police say they have made arrests in the firebombing of a local Royal Bank of Canada branch in May.

Three Ottawa-area men were arrested during raids on Friday, police sources said. They have been linked to an “anti-establishment” group which has been operating for some time.

The names of the suspects are being officially withheld because they haven’t been charged, said Carole
Lavigne, manager of media relations for the Ottawa Police Service, early Friday evening.
But later, the Ottawa Citizen identified them as Mathew Morgan-Brown, a well-known activist in his 30s,
Claude Haridge, 50, of Stittsville, and Roger Clement, 58, a retired federal public servant. The report said they had been charged with offences ranging from arson to mischief to careless storage of ammunition.

Police said charges would be laid by Saturday morning, ahead of a 10 a.m. news conference where Police
Chief Vern White and officials from the RCMP and the Ontario Provincial Police will announce them and give other updates on the ongoing investigation.

Chief White said some may even face terrorism charges brought by the RCMP.
“I’m extremely pleased that we’ve made arrests, of course,” he said. “Although 900,000 people live here, it’s still a small town in many ways. I think this was a very good move for citizens.”
The blast, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. on May 18 in the RBC branch in the Glebe neighbourhood, was first reported as a suspicious fire.

But a day later, a video of the bank-front erupting into flames appeared on a local website, posted by an activist group calling itself FFFC-Ottawa.
The video of the firebombing, filmed from across the street, appeared with a statement of protest against RBC, which the group said was a strong sponsor of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that had taken place on “stolen indigenous land.”

Police carried out an intense investigation. In late May, they seized a getaway car, a rented 2010 SUV equipped with a GPS device. In the past weeks, investigators continued to close in and remained confident that arrests were imminent, Chief White said.
The bank suffered about $500,000 in damage, he said, far more than originally reported. The branch is still closed.

Shortly after the incident, RBC gave police security-camera footage and has been participating in the investigation, said bank spokesperson Gillian McArdle.

“We took this incident very seriously and we worked very closely with the police to make sure those responsible are brought to justice,” she said.

Chief White said the surveillance video from the bank was a huge boost to the investigation. But even more helpful, he said, was the video posted by FFFC-Ottawa.

The chief said his priority is that the people of Ottawa feel safer now. As for the G8 and G20 meetings, he feels there is little to prevent the group from making good on its promise to appear there.
“What’s going to happen there will probably happen regardless of us making arrests,” he said.

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