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RBC branch in Ottawa Firebombed

by FFFC - Ottawa

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A branch of the Royal Bank of Canada in Ottawa, was firebombed on the morning of May 18th. A communiqué and video were posted on the Ottawa Indymedia website and signed "FFFC - Ottawa."

The communiqué, which is also read on the video by a computerized voice, makes references to the Royal Bank's sponsoring of the Vancouver Olympics and its financing of the Alberta Tar Sands.

Below is the communiqué:

"Royal Bank Canada was a major sponsor of the recently concluded 2010 Olympics on stolen indigenous land. This land was never legally ceded to colonial British Columbia. This hasn’t stopped the government from assuming full ownership of the land and its resources for the benefit of its corporate masters and to the detriment of aboriginal peoples, workers and the poor of the province. The 2010 Winter Olympics increased the homelessness crisis in Vancouver, especially the Downtown Eastside, Kanada’s poorest urban area. Since the Olympics bid, homelessness in Vancouver has nearly tripled while condominium development in the Downtown Eastside is outpacing social housing by a rate of 3:1. The further criminalization and displacement of those living in extreme poverty continues apace.

"Royal Bank Canada is one of the planet’s greenest companies” according to one of its own brochures. Coporate Kanada saw fit to include RBC as one of the top 50 in a competition dubbed Canada’s Greenest Employers, which purports to recognize organizations that have created “a culture of environmental awareness.” Yet RBC is now the major financier of Alberta’s tar sands, one of the largest industrial projects in human history and perhaps the most destructive. The tar sands, now the cause of the second fastest rate of deforestation on the planet, are slated to expand several times its current size.

The games in Vancouver are now over, but resistance continues. An RBC branch can be found in every corner of Kanada.

On June 25-27 2010, the G8/G20 ‘leaders’ and bankers are meeting in Huntsville and Toronto to make decisions that will further their policies of exploitation of people and the environment. We will be there.

We pass the torch to all those who would resist the trampling of native rights, of the rights of us all, and resist the ongoing destruction of our planet. We say: The Fire This Time.

FFFC - Ottawa
at the corner of Bank Street and First Avenue."

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Agent Provocateurs

Thanks!  Now the government will seem completely justified when it turns Toronto into a police-state.

Unaccountable and undemocratic anarchists at it again.  Do they ever stop to think about how their actions are identical to those of agent provocateurs?   

Good message, but...

 Good message, but the delivery lacks finesse.

It will be interesting to see if this incident will have repercussions on the security measures for the upcoming G8/G20 meetings in Toronto.

 I agree this pretty much

 I agree this pretty much guarantees some serious pre-G8/G20 raids by the police. And those who did this are probably traceable through the posting of the video.

the system will always encourage an individual responsilbility

on our parts. Like the people are repressed because of the actions of the people, not the repressive system. The reppression is likely to go up this year and forever, as resistance intensifies. Will that be the fault of the resistance?
Like one thief could be the failure of mom and pop, not the market they are supposed to survive in.

Interesting that the royal bank is the driving force, the capital (read 'the motivated rich', not 'benevolent servant'), let's not over look this in searching for the bad guys.

Let's not act out anger and accusations. Leave that to the ruling class.

And what would you do?

To the naysayers;

if you have a more successful plan of highlighting RBC-sponsered attrocities, this is there time where you DO them, instead of sitting on the sidelines criticizing everything that comes through your bubble.

The system is expanding, people and animals alike are dieing, and RBC gets away with it's part in the game.

Good on people for calling them out! The idea that property, once created, cannot be modified or destroyed, is a scarry one. Who asked you if they could put an RBC there in the first place? Likewise why expect your input for removing it?

The kids are pissed off! And damn right they should be!

anarchists??or strategy oftension

when did fffc call themselves that, did this communique call for direct democracy like switzerland,syndicalism,workers coops or mutual aid? no

anarchists??or strategy of tension?,

when did fffc call themselves that, did this communique call for direct democracy like switzerland,syndicalism,workers coops or mutual aid? no

wow,how quick some are to put comrades on the chopping block,

vast majority of anarchists are peaceful & want direct democracy, for goodness sakes

FFFC IS A HOAX

i am an ANARCHIST. so the "FFFC" knows, their emotional preoccupations stem not from anarchy but from radical leftist ideology, Anarchists are not defined by the political spectrum and it really is a way of saying natural order. Natural order is chaos. Chaos is anarchy. Even with all our rules and systems of law, we are living in an anarchist society. Anyway, I would doubt that the "FFFC" even really exists. I think it's a bunch of bleeding heart university students that CSIS put up to the task of helping create a climate of fear to justify heightened security measures and procedures. This same thing happened with the Toronto islamic terrorist wannabe kids who had bomb-making materials given to them by law enforcement. I also remember the Quebec summit in 2006 where provincial police dressed up as "anarchists" with bandanas and were preparing to throw rocks in order to give police cause to declare a CUPE protest illegal and read the riot act.  I'm not buying this FFFC shit for one second.

Normal 0 false false

"Natural order is chaos. Chaos is anarchy" It sounds like you pulled your ideas about anarchy out of the latest batman movie. Do us all a favour and don't speak when you have nothing useful to add to a discussion. You know what doesn't help the movement? Wild, unjustified, unsubstantiated, stereotypical and pigeonholing conspiracy theories shot off the cuff by someone who identifies as an "ANARCHIST". You know who I think did it babykill? The Martians.

thoughts not proclamations

the real agent provocateurs are amongst us, they think they are us (babykiller).  actions like this are usefull to seperate the liberals and "naysayers" from the open minded thinkers.  so for the movement towards justice and freedom for all (radical change) this action is undeniably effective and positive.

Ask yourselves not if it was a good choice/action, but what 'we' really want out of changing the system/world around us.  You may find that you are on the side of denouncers, reformists, and reactionaries world wide, the people who want to protect their priveledge at the cost of others health and safety.

Doubt the motivations of those who claim 'agent provocateurs' did this.  It is they, who are les agents provocateurs.  Though I imagine they aren't yet clear on why they work to provoke doubt, conflict, and free thought.

thoughts not proclamations

the real agent provocateurs are amongst us, they think they are us (babykiller).  actions like this are usefull to seperate the liberals and "naysayers" from the open minded thinkers.  so for the movement towards justice and freedom for all (radical change) this action is undeniably effective and positive.

Ask yourselves not if it was a good choice/action, but what 'we' really want out of changing the system/world around us.  You may find that you are on the side of denouncers, reformists, and reactionaries world wide, the people who want to protect their priveledge at the cost of others health and safety.

Doubt the motivations of those who claim 'agent provocateurs' did this.  It is they, who are les agents provocateurs.  Though I imagine they aren't yet clear on why they work to provoke doubt, conflict, and free thought.

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