“We are facing immediate removal.”
Protesters occupying a Burnaby apartment building set to be torn down as part of the Metrotown area’s redevelopment have lost their bid in court.
Protester Dave Diewert was hoping the courts would look at renters impacted by so-called “demovictions” like they do the homeless.
In effect, allowing them to stay at the building in the 5-thousand block of Imperial.
But instead developer Amacon was granted an injunction order that applies immediately.
Diewert says some of them will stay anyway, risking arrest.
“These demovictions are entirely legal, but they are – in our view – criminal – because they displace people on mass, throw them out of their homes communities, and this is a kind of state-sanctioned violence.”
Diewert says today’s ruling is especially troubling, considering Burnaby doesn’t have homeless shelters, meaning some facing demoviction may have nowhere to go.