the canadian auto worker fly-ing Squads -- renowned for their demonstration and picket-line support -- have decided that the OCAP-led October 16 economic disruption rallies in T.O.'s financial district aren't for them."Because of the problems we've had with OCAP, we don't feel that what they're asking for and what they're looking for on October 16 we can actually get behind 100 per cent," says David Ellegett, the co-chair of the Flying Squads in Ontario. Ellegett says he will still attend personally in his capacity as a medic.
OCAP organizer Shawn Brant says the decision to withdraw is not surprising. "A new atmosphere has been created by the events in New York," he says. "Unfortunately, that concern is being felt more by people who have the liberty of making decisions like that (to stop protests). Our constituents don't have that option."
Meanwhile, CAW activists are urging prez Buzz Hargrove to reverse his decision to withdraw CAW support from the November 9 anti-WTO protests. "The protests," says Ellegett, "are both necessary and non-violent, and therefore should not be curtailed by the September 11 terrorist attacks."