Occupy Surrey protest to welcome George W. Bush to Canada
It looks likeGeorge W. Bush will be greeted by Occupy Wall Street-inspired protesters when he comes to Surrey next week.
A Twitter account called Occupy Surrey sprung up earlier this month and is encouraging people to attend a demonstration against the former U.S. president.
On Wednesday (October 12), Occupy Surrey tweeted: "When WAR CRIMINAL Bush comes to Surrey October 20th, we will meet him with a FLASH OCCUPATION. Expect us."
The protest is set to take place next Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. outside the Bay at the Guildford Town Centre shopping mall.
Surrey mayor Dianne Watts hasn't responded publicly on Twitter to Occupy Surrey's tweets demanding that she cancel Bush's appearance at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.
"WE ARE THE GENERATION WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR AND WE WILL NOT STAND FOR WAR CRIMINALS IN SURREY," Occupy Surrey tweeted at the mayor today (October 13).
Organized by the City of Surrey and the Business Council of British Columbia, the summit is being held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel next Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Watts is the conference's honourary chair.
Amnesty International, the Canadian Centre for International Justice, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Lawyers Against the War have all called on Canadian authorities to arrest and prosecute Bush for the use of torture by U.S. forces.
Another Occupy Wall Street-inspired protest, Occupy Vancouver, is planned for this Saturday (October 15), starting at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 10 a.m.