The Vancouver-based Olympic Resistance Network has claimed that border agents prevented an "independent media reporter" from entering Canada.
In a news release issued this weekend, the ORN stated that Chicago media activist Martin Macias Jr. was held for several hours on February 6 at the Vancouver International Airport without being allowed to contact anyone.
Macias arrived on an 11:30 a.m. Delta Airlines flight and, according to the ORN, was questioned by Canada Border Services Agency officials about his plans during the Olympics. (The Straight witnessed CBSA officials questioning international visitors arriving on a flight from Amsterdam late last month—moments after they entered airport property and long before reaching customs.)
"Ultimately he was refused entry to Canada," the ORN stated. "He was then put on an Alaskan Airlines flight to the Seattle/Tacoma Airport (departing at 2:40pm). As of 9pm he had not been able to contact legal counsel or his travelling companion since before his rejection at the border. The information on his rejection was only made available through the US Consulate."
Macias, 20, was travelling with Bob Quellos, an organizer with No Games Chicago, who was permitted to enter Canada.
Macias is the host and producer of First Voice, which is broadcast on the community radio station Radio Arte.