Right to Housing for All Canadians an Election Issue
Evicting Homeless from Toronto Encampments Is the Crime — Not Protesting It!
September 16, 2021, Toronto demonstration
Three people were arrested on September 16 by Toronto police during a march to 14 Division Police Station. The march was organized to support the 26 people who are facing charges arising out of the forceful eviction of homeless people from a camp at Lamport Stadium in July. Following the arrests marchers held a vigil at 14 Division demanding the release of the three people. One of those arrested was Skyler Williams, spokesperson for the Six Nations 1492 Land Back Lane land defenders.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC) condemns the criminalization, brutalization and removal of homeless people from the streets of cities across the country and the lack of social responsibility on the part of governments at all levels to make sure all Canadians have housing adequate to their needs. The brutalization of dispossessed and homeless Indigenous peoples is a further crime for which governments must be made to render accounts by providing reparations for all crimes committed against them past and present.
The MLPC calls on Canadians to support the demands of housing advocates who are fighting to uphold the rights of all.
Videos of the vigil, such as this one, are available on Facebook.
Vigil at 14 Division demanding the release of those arrested September 16, 2021
(Photos: Encampment Support Network, A. Pabani)