Saint John Protesters Aim To Block Saudi LAV Shipment
"...The Saudi flagged cargo ship Bahri Yanbu will be greeted by protesters trying to prevent the shipment of these vehicles, which have been used in Riyadh's war in Yemen. Demonstrators organized by the activist group PEACE-NB and individuals from the Council of Canadians will be protesting on Saturday morning near an entrance to the port and lobbying longshoremen to refuse to move the cargo.
'We're hoping to spread awareness -- locally, with the people working on the ground that are probably unwittingly helping Saudi Arabia get these armoured vehicles,' Sharon Murphy-Mayne, one of the protesters, said. 'The best-case scenario would be that the light armoured vehicles are stopped in St John and aren't exported overseas.'
Protesters say they hope the local branch of the International Longshoremen's Association, a union with a history of refusing to move what it deems 'hot cargo' - or goods intended for immoral purposes - will thwart the latest shiptment. Pat Riley, a spokesman for ILA Branch 273, declined to comment...
'There's no secret of what is going on in Yemen. It's an abomination,' Ms Murphy-Mayne said..."