A spokeswoman for the Alliance Against Displacement says they are willing to get arrested to stand up for tent city residents being evicted from make shift camps.
Last week, seven evicted members of the site on 58 West Hastings were taken in police custody after they tried to set up camp in Thornton Park.
Speaking on CKNW Weekend with Jody Vance, Natalie Knight says they will support anyone experiencing displacement, no matter what the cost.
“We’re in solidarity which means that some of our members are willing to be arrested for the right of homeless people to camp, and set up camp where they need to camp. There is nowhere for people to go and so the three levels of government kind of are turning a blind eye to this,” she said.
She says those being forced to leave shouldn’t feel intimidated.
“People who are seemingly [visible] on our streets and our communities, we want to support people who are experiencing displacement and homelessness to fight back and to feel empowered.”
Knight says tent cities are safer spaces than shelters for many homeless people.