Abbotsford photographer Bas Stevens has allowed us to share a few images of the peaceful protest by the Abbotsford Chapter of the BC/Yukon Drug War Survivors (DWS) at Jubilee Park.
The DWS is protesting the City of Abbotsford’s Anti-Harm Reduction Bylaw and the policy of the City and its police force of displacing and dispersing people who have nowhere to go.
The Abbotsford Chicken Manure Homeless Incident on June 4, 2013, during which DWS members were attacked with chicken feces by City of Abbotsford staff with the prior approval of the Salvation Army, began a groundswell of protest and support for the homeless citizens of Abbotsford in their attempts to protect themselves from the City and the Abbotsford Police Department.
Members of the DWS and their supporters have been living at the park, keeping it clean with the help of a local business which has provided porta potties and garbage bags provided by the City of Abbotsford.
Though the protesters have been using the garbage bags and keeping the park clean, the City of Abbotsford has yet to remove the garbage in over a week according to reports from the site.
Bas is the owner and photographer at MonoPod Photography.
You can follow Bas on Facebook where he publishes many of his photos.
To see more of Bas’ photos on Abbotsford Today click here
To see Bas’ photos of the homeless during Moving Day On Gladys Avenue click here