July 6, 2013, 6:01 PM  |  News

“Get the torches! Get the matches! Burn the condos! Burn the condos!”

– Threats made by Cuchillo restaurant protestors.

Friday evening a small group of masked protestors led by Wendy Pedersen, board member of the Carnegie Community Centre Association, and Jean Swanson, leader of the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP), began a new round of disturbing and potentially criminal actions in front of Cuchillo restaurant at 261 Powell Street.

For many months the CCAP has stated that there is no association between the anarchists who have claimed responsibility for at least one arson in East Vancouver and the CCAP and its supporters.

“The anarchists wear masks,” the CCAP leaders say. “We don’t wear masks.”

“The anarchists make threats,” the CCAP leaders say. “We don’t make threats. We are peaceful ‘grassroots’ protestors.”

Last night it became apparent that the two groups behave as though they could be linked. The balaclava and bandana clad group at the heart of the protest in front of Cuchillo singled out several individuals entering the restaurant and began a vicious chant of “Get the torches! Get the matches! Burn the condos! Burn the condos! F…ing a,,,holes! Get the matches! Get the torches! Burn the condos! Get the matches! Get the torches!”

It is clear the supporters of the Pidgin and Cuchillo mobs have now entered uncharted waters where they could be charged with criminal offences based on these actions.

Section 264.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada states:

Uttering Threats

264.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat
(a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;
(b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or
(c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.


(2) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.


Masked demonstrators outside Cuchillo restaurant on Powell Street. From left, unknown, Kim Hearty (COPE Executive), “Homeless Dave”, unknown.

Paid community leaders, like Ms. Swanson and Ms. Pederson, who attend demonstrations and stand in support of a masked mob which makes specific threats of arson should not be tolerated in our city. It is time for Mayor Robertson to act.

Mrs. Pedersen and Mrs. Swanson should be asked to resign immediately from their positions at the Carnegie Community Centre and the CCAP should be evicted from the its offices in the community centre. It is time for Vancity to stop funding the CCAP knowing that its leaders stand idly by while their supporters threaten to burn down people’s homes.

The actions and threats outside of Cuchillo last night showed that the time to remove the current leadership of the CCAP has come.

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