Release – We forgive the City of Abbotsford for what is being done to us in our forced exodus from Jubilee Park. Over the Christmas holiday season, we hope to begin the healing process.
Photo by Win Wachsmann
The dragging of our personal belongings through the mud, the refusal to let our members back to retrieve their property still in the park and the lack of respect for our personal property remains a highly offensive reminder of The City’s approach to our members.
It is our fervent hope that our members, now dispersed around the City in the latest step in the Abbotsford Shuffle will be able to retrieve their belongings from the City and find peace and quiet over the holidays.
We look forward to returning to the discussion about our proposal for long term leases on municipal land where our members can build themselves a more permanent solution from the materials now being stored in the City’s Public Works Yard.
With goodwill and determination it is our hope and intention that through action on our proposal we can leave the need for constant and incessant movement behind us in 2014.
We would also like to thank the many citizens of Abbotsford who stepped up during our time in Jubilee Park with offers of food, drink, firewood, love and assistance and wish all of them and their families a Merry Christmas.
Release from the Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors
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Robert Kleisinger · Top Commenter · Abbotsford, British Columbia
You are really going to try to play this out to the end aren’t you?
It wasn’t a “forced exodus” as you try to claim. In fact it was a Court ordered end to an illegal occupation of a city park and neighboring property. A property that your members squatted on and denied the use from anyone else including that of a children’s playground.
You had every opportunity to remove your belongings in a timely fashion, you chose not to. You were denied entry after and only after you vacated the property. Leaving behind that of which you chose to leave behind. there were numerous volunteers present willing to assist you to do so. Disrespect? What right do you have to claim any respect for the condition you left the park in. Human excrement, used needles, garbage strewn all over… tell me what respect did you give anyone?
Don’t try to play the “Whoa – is – me” card here. We are the ones cleaning up after you.