‘Bravo to those who attended protest’

Letter writer congratulates those that attended the Defend our Climate protest.

Editor, The News:

Re: Uninformed reasons (mapleridgenews.com)

It is unfortunate, Dan Banov, that your point of view on protesters is so distasteful.

I grew up in Quebec, and Quebecers love a good protest. You can tell by the numbers that attend such events.

I believe my very first protest was in high school. We used to have to cross a railway track and the infamous 2 and 20 highway in Dorval, Que. to attend our high school.

Our leaders of the day had chosen an underground tunnel crossing the tracks, and trusted teenagers and the like to cross by the light for the highway.

Early one morning, before daylight on a school day, Olaf Tesky, a promising high school student, was struck and killed at those said lights, and what followed was a campaign to pass the tunnel completely under the four-lane highway.

The final event was a protest march of hundreds, which included a large crowd of parents, of all professions, teachers and the principal, and the children of Dorval high school. That campaign didn’t save any money for the district, but I bet it saved lives.

I do believe the saying, “The problem isn’t with civil disobedience, it is with civil obedience.”

Bravo to all those well educated and those, not so well educated, who attended the Defend our Climate protest.

Deborah Winkler

Maple Ridge

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