This week: La Esmerelda, the Chilean navy’s tall ship, sailed into Victoria yesterday despite protests that its presence here is an affront to the unknown numbers of men and women taken aboard her during Augusto Pinochet’s rule of terror to be tortured and in some cases killed by his fascist thugs.
The current government in Chile has never acknowledged properly the role La Esmerelda played in the vicious oppression of the Pinochet regime, nor has it apologized to the victims or their surviving family members.
Today, down at Ogden Point, a group of Victorians determined they would not let the occasion of the visit go unobserved. Marking the Torture Ship’s stay in Victoria. And, Victorian activist Zac Braciszewicz was at the demo. Zac is a Buddhist practitioner on a hunger strike in protest because, as he put it;
“I got tired of the state of resource distribution, and how everything is organized into private profits. All we see are the same politicians making the same cuts to the same programs, and this isn’t just Victoria or Canada-wide — this is global.” Zac Braciszewicz too in the first half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with what’s going on on the streets of our fair city and beyond.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com