By Mike Archer. There was a short symbolic protest held today, by some of the men and women who were the victims of last year’s chicken manure assault on Gladys Avenue across from the Happy Tree last year, where Mayor Banman’s people dumped chicken feces on them.
The Chicken Manure Anniversary was marked by a small gathering of some of the survivors of the chicken feces attack.
Members of the Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors (DWS), lined up across the road blocking traffic for short intervals, in order to remind the world what happened last year.
“Our people were poisoned with chicken feces for being poor; for being homeless; for being drug addicts, for suffering from mental illness and for suffering from alcohol dependence,” said an angry and defiant Barry Shantz, founder of the Abbotsford DWS.
Some neighbours came out and threatened the protesters, with one suggesting he would get a baseball bat and deal with the protesters once and for all. A protester in a wheelchair was almost thrown to the ground by a neighbourhood resident.
The protesters let traffic through with minor delays and eventually an Abbotsford Police Car showed up but, other than the attempts to hurt the man the wheelchair and the verbal abuse, none of the protesters suffered any injuries.
“On this day last year they gave me chicken shit. This year they gave me chicken cordon bleu*.” – Shredder
(*The Sally Ann served Chicken Cordon Bleu for lunch today)
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Bas Stevens lives in downtown Abbotsford and shares the neighbourhood just as readily with his neighbours with homes as he does with the homeless, the drug addicted and others who are down on their luck.
Bas has a home and is known to most in the power structure in Abbotsford as a man who calls things as he sees them and is very involved in his community and the political process which guides it.
You can find him most Wednesday nights over at Jubilee Park during The 5 and 2 Ministries meal for the homeless. Failing that, you catch him either at Legal Grounds Coffee House chewing the ear off of a politician or giving as good as he gets over at O’Neill’s Home Cooking over on Gosling.
You stand a good chance of finding him Saturday mornings over at the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market and Saturday evenings back over at Jubilee Park.
Wherever he is Bas usually has his eyes and ears wide open. We’re proud to have him as a contributor and urge you to get to know him if you give a damn about Abbotsford. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who cares more than he does.