Photos from Free Speech Wall event on Parliament Hill, 13th of September, 2015, 1-3 pm

Yeay!

The photos, courtesy of Victor Laszlo, are here!!!

Me and my Free Speech Wall

Me and my Free Speech Wall

The red pouch in the table contains writing tools.  The red bits on The Wall are the text of Sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which I was to ‘display prominently’ so as not to ‘entrap’ people into accidentally getting arrested for thinking they can write anything they want on a Free Speech Wall.

This is how prominently my Free Speech Wall was displayed on the Parliament Hill

This is how prominently my Free Speech Wall was located on the Parliament Hill

Hey, at least you can see the Canadian flag behind me – that has to count for something, right?

The RCMP vehicle in the right part of the picture is my protection team.

Parliament Hill of Canada, 13th of September, 2015

Parliament Hill of Canada, 13th of September, 2015

Another RCMP officer ensuring peace on The Hill.

The one guy who dared to visit my display - but not to write on it...

The one guy who dared to visit my display – but not to write on it…

He had a permit of his own to demonstrate – but he could go anywhere, so he came to check me out.  My display was deemed too provocative and dangerous to bystanders (as well as my RCMP guards), so I had been limited to this corner.

The rope people would have to 'hop over' to get to see my Free Speech Wall - along with the RCMP dutifully watching that nobody breaks any rules or laws

The rope people would have to ‘hop over’ to get to see my Free Speech Wall – along with the RCMP dutifully watching that nobody breaks any rules or laws

Apparently, slightly lowering the rope between these two supports (not even ones closest to my display) was ‘sufficient’ to ensure ‘public access’ to my Free Speech Wall.  In the background, you can see RCMP Constable watching the dip in the rope very, very closely indeed:  to provide appropriate security.

All these photos are courtesy of Victor Laszlo.

For full write-up of the day, please see my report here.

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3 Responses to “Photos from Free Speech Wall event on Parliament Hill, 13th of September, 2015, 1-3 pm”

  1. peterodonnell Says:

    There’s a perfect symmetry here, I think that would be two years to the day since I was testifying to the same general reception in the same general place about the same general concept. Well, we tried to break through the “omerta” that has a death grip on Ottawa in particular and Canada in general. Mind you, I have the feeling that your booth might have attracted more of a crowd in B.C., for one thing any day that is not an absolute deluge is seen as good walking weather here. Good for you in making the effort anyway.

  2. peterodonnell Says:

    Follow-up, I had to chuckle at the “red bits” on the wall — it’s almost the whole wall, are you maybe making a bit of a statement right there? With all those regulations, there’s no room for free speech. 🙂


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