Fire This Time activists return to SkyTrain stations after arrests for handing out newspapers
Uncowed and defiant, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice activists have returned to SkyTrain stations to distribute their free newspaper.
At around 8:30 a.m. today (September 21), the Straight saw at least four members of the social-justice group handing out the Fire This Time paper at Commercial-Broadway Station in Vancouver.
It’s the first time that Fire This Time has come back to a SkyTrain location since transit police and RCMP officers arrested three of their members while distributing the newspaper at Metrotown Station on August 31.
TransLink rules provide that noncommercial papers can be distributed in transit properties other than vehicles and fare-paid zones. Because the three activists were following regulations, they were released without charges.
David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, has described the August 31 incident as a “classic civil-liberties, free-speech issue”.
Alison Bodine was one of the Fire This Time activists at Commercial-Broadway Station this morning.
Although TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider previously told the Straight that he doesn’t anticipate any further issues with Fire This Time newspaper distribution, Bodine said in a brief interview that they had been approached this morning by transit police.
According to Bodine, an officer informed them that a call would be made to a transit police supervisor.
Bodine also said that a Fire This Time team will be at Metrotown Station this afternoon.