With files from Jon Meyer
Protesters in Burnaby and Vancouver are taking a stand on housing.
The Alliance Against Displacement have demonstrators occupying an empty apartment building in Burnaby that had been cleared out for so-called ‘demovictions’.
In a release, they say the Burnaby occupiers on Imperial east of Nelson are asking homeless people to join them in the building.
At first protesters said RCMP wouldn’t take action to displace occupiers until the owner of the building, Amacon, received a court injunction.
Later on social media the group said police had arrived at the building and were trying to arrest them, but they had barricaded the entrance.
Burnaby RCMP say they attended the scene, but have since left.
There have been no arrests, and the situation is ongoing.
The group is demanding all levels of government work to fund non-market affordable housing.
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users marched in the ‘housing justice day of action’ Saturday.
They have also set-up a tent city in the Downtown Eastside.
Protesters are occupying an empty lot at 58 West Hastings, the same spot of the Olympic tent village.