Vancouver, Canada - Shouting “Shame, Shame!” and “Arrest Dick Cheney!” raucous protesters shoved and grabbed at people who paid $500 apiece to hear the former US vice-president speak in Canada.
About 300 activists protested Cheney's arrival late on Monday in the West Coast city of Vancouver, accusing him of authorising torture during the George Bush administration's war on terror and calling on Canada to arrest him.
“I am surprised and disappointed that he was allowed into Canada,” Gail Davidson of Lawyers Against the War, a group opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq, told AFP on Monday, as the crowd screamed, “Arrest the murderer!”
“Canada is not supposed to be a safe haven for people who have committed acts of torture,” Canadian opposition MP Don Davies told AFP. “This is an embarrassment on the world stage, and it's an embarrassment domestically.”
The New York-based Human Rights Watch had earlier called on Canada to arrest and investigate Cheney over the alleged torture of prisoners in the years following the September 11 attacks.