Thursday, April 29, 2010

A message from the Federal Government of Canada

Dear citizens of Canada,

In preparation for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits in Ontario, the following regulations are hereby passed and will take effect as of May 1, 2010:

  • Demonstrators may not be within two (2) kilometres of the location of the event they are protesting at any time.

  • Only members of recognized advocacy organizations have free access to the Designated Protest Zone. Unaffiliated citizens must register for Zone access at least two months in advance.

  • Megaphones are banned within the boundaries of all major Canadian cities.

  • All protest signs are to contain only muted colours and fonts no larger than seventy-two (72) points.

  • Media coverage of all governmental activities is limited to venues with Can-Gov Membership press passes. Independent news venues may purchase passes from the Can-Gov Membership Office in Ottawa at the price of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per pass.

  • Letters to government officials and members of parliament must be typed, printed and no longer than five hundred (500) words in length.

Thank you for your submissive cooperation,

The Federal Government of Canada

I don't even know if this counts as a poem. I've been uninspired and completely preoccupied lately. Anyway, this whatever was written in response to the Toronto Star article All G20 protests will be directed to Trinity Bellwoods Park and NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt #29: Front page news on Read Write Poem.

Photo by John Maclennan

        The right to protest is an important part of democratic society, but we all know that sometimes things get out of hand and go to far. To what degree or in what ways should protesting be limited? Do you think it's acceptable to ask demonstrators to protest the G20 from a public park two kilometres away from the event?


Dorkmaster Flek said...

Hell no, it's not. Look, protesters should be non-violent and not cause too much unrest or anything, but moving them to a park 2 km away from the actual event is total bullshit. It's just to make the actual event look good. I've seen it happen before; press coverage for the actual event doesn't even mention the protest, or completely downplays it, and they get all the nice pictures they want of people arriving and stuff without those annoying protesters mucking up their spin about how great the summit was. It's easier for people to not even know there was a protest in the first place. Screw the media.

dogimo said...

Huh. Don't you guys have rights?

I thought you had those. A friend from Australia mentioned they don't have 'em. Just "obligations."

Still, I swore Canadians had rights! If not, I'd start agitating for those.

dogimo said...

I'll throw my support behind it!

Wayne Pitchko said...

of course we got rights...sometimes the authorities just stomp on them...for no other reason than they dont like shit push them as far away as possile.....I did lots of protesting PEACFUL in the 60s and for the most part it was they dont want to even see you let alone hear you...I could go on....but....anyways enjoyed this from Adelaide cheering for the Canucks?