Discontent City planning rally in response to Soldiers of Odin march in Nanaimo

Counter-rally to take place in front of Discontent City half hour before planned march

An “emergency counter-rally” is being planned in response to a scheduled march by the Soldiers of Odin this weekend in Nanaimo.

Organizers and advocates of Discontent City and Alliance Against Displacement have scheduled an emergency rally for Sunday at 1 p.m. It will take place in front of Discontent City, located on 1 Port Drive.

The rally is in response to a planned march from Discontent City to Nanaimo City Hall on Sunday by the Soldiers of Odin Vancouver Island and Action Against Discontent City, a group of residents upset with occupants of the homeless camp.

“We are rallying to show that Nanaimo does not tolerate racism or anti-homeless hate. The City of Nanaimo and the RCMP have shown that they are part of the problem of hate and violence, so our communities have to defend ourselves,” said Kevin Donaghy, rally organizer and tent city advocate, in a press release.

RELATED: Soldiers of Odin to march at Nanaimo’s Discontent City

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay told the News Bulletin the city is extremely concerned about the planned events on Sunday, but stressed that people should remain calm and let cooler heads prevail.

“We need to understand that everyone needs to be calm and rational here,” McKay said.

McKay said residents of Nanaimo are becoming increasingly agitated by the latest developments. He also said the Nanaimo RCMP will be bringing additional officers and resources to monitor the events at Discontent City on Sunday.

“RCMP are well aware of it and they will dispatch the resources to the site to monitor the situation as they see fit,” McKay said.

Calls to Donaghy and other Discontent City organizers were not returned.


nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo RCMP seek suspect after armed robbery of gas station

Alleged incident occurred Sunday night at Uplands Drive and Turner Road

Man dies in rollover crash in Brechin Hill area

Incident happened Saturday at Poplar Street and Princess Royal Avenue

Tonight’s Nanaimo byelection debate intended to inform ‘young professionals’

B.C. Liberals, NDP and Green candidates to participate in Forum for Millennial Leadership debate

Nanaimo school trustees will vote on pay increase

School district business committee recommends raise to offset new tax laws

Truck convoy honouring Nanaimo boy who died after being struck by vehicle

Trucks left from Victoria and others joined along the way up the Island

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Vancouver Island career fair will help serve a job-seekers’ market

Black Press Media Extreme Education and Career Fair slated for Feb. 7 in Comox Valley

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Tom Petty tribute artist from Nanaimo to perform at the Queen’s

Dave Danylchuk is debuting new touring band Perfectly Petty this week

Nanaimo women look for forward steps at march

Nanaimo Women March On held downtown on Saturday

Vancouver Island to get its first publicly funded dementia village

Campus planned for Comox encourages independent activity, freedom to move

Most Read