|Ottawa Police Prepare to Arrest Anarchists in Bank Bombing|
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|Friday, 21 May 2010 11:38|
Infowars: Editor’s note: So-called anarchists attacking banks and other targets usually turn out to be agents provocateurs. In 2007, Canadian police admitted cops had posed as anarchists during the SPP summit. During the G20 summit anarchists in London plotted mayhem. During a meeting in Toronto prior to the upcoming G20, activists told police they are worried agents provocateurs will be used to discredit them. This may be what the Ottawa bank bombing is all about.
Police close in on Glebe bank firebomb suspects
Investigators to seek search warrants for ‘domestic terrorists’ who attacked Glebe RBC branch
OTTAWA — Police detectives investigating the brazen firebombing of a Glebe bank are closing in on suspects who call themselves FFFC-Ottawa and expect to file search warrants in a case that has drawn global headlines, the Citizen has learned.
Police have been scouring the burned-out Royal Bank of Canada branch at Bank Street and First Avenue for forensic evidence and were reviewing security video and exploring tips from a concerned public Wednesday.
In a bold move, FFFC-Ottawa claimed responsibility for the firebombing in an online “catch-me-if-you-can” video that seasoned detectives have been reviewing since the Citizen alerted police about the video Tuesday afternoon.
Police also obtained RBC surveillance video on Wednesday. Officers are working to confirm the identities of the suspect firebombers.
The bank was set ablaze at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, causing about $300,000 in damage.
Police weren’t saying Wednesday evening how many individuals they believed were involved, nor were they clear on the gender. But at least three people are involved. Two are seen on video leaving the building just before the fireball exploded while a third person filmed the action that was eventually posted on a website.
Ottawa police and the RCMP are confident that the homegrown terrorists would be captured.
Chief Vern White said Wednesday night police have some good leads, but catching the suspects won’t be easy.
“I understand the public’s concern,” he said. “It’s as scary for us as it is for them. This is a city that is typically untouched by this type of activity.
I will argue these are domestic terrorists.”
The Mounties confirmed Wednesday afternoon that A Division’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team is assisting with the investigation, led by Ottawa police.
INSETs share intelligence among various other law enforcement agencies, including the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.
A CSIS spokeswoman said the organization does not confirm or deny involvement in particular cases as a matter of policy.
On Wednesday, police canvassed Bank Street businesses, requesting all security video footage that may have captured images of the firebombers, who may have made their escape in a SUV.
The firebombers’ video was posted to the Ottawa page of the Independent Media Centre. Attempts to contact the centre were unsuccessful.
Since 2007, RBC branches across Canada have been targeted in dozens of attacks by Canadian anarchists and other extremists who view the bank as a symbol of corporate greed. RBC’s major sponsorship of February’s Olympic Games in Vancouver brought the simmering hostility to a boil.
But until now, the actions have been largely limited to smashing windows and ABMs, and other relatively minor vandalism. RBC branches on Bank Street at First Avenue in the Glebe — the site of Tuesday’s early-morning firebombing — and Elgin and Lisgar streets have reportedly been hit at least five times by vandals claiming membership in protest and political movements, from anarchists and anti-capitalists to Olympic protesters.
A hint that more serious action might be coming surfaced during the Olympic torch relay through Montreal in mid-December. An anonymous “communiqué” posted on Anarchistnews.com. noted that two local RBCs had been attacked and suggested arson as a new weapon.
“F--- RBC and f--- the olympics — lets extinguish the colonizer’s flame and start some real fires!”
From the Winter Olympics to June’s G8 and G20 gatherings, 2010 promises to be a pivotal time for activists. Security officials are especially alert for signs of convergence between the extreme and secular left, and radical Islam. Canadian anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, anti-war and anti-free trade groups are now in common cause with pro-Hezbollah and pro-Palestinian groups.
A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews — whose office is tasked with providing strategic advice and support in safety and security matters at the summits — said Wednesday that Toews and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been briefed about the incident.
Security for the summits “has been developed by Canada’s best experts in the field,” Chris McCluskey wrote in an e-mailed statement condemning the violence.
Ottawa police lead investigator Sgt. David Christie confirmed at a midday press conference that an accelerant had been used to spark the blaze, which appears in the online video to have started as a massive fireball that scattered glass and debris across the sidewalk in front of the bank.
The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is also investigating to determine the blaze’s origin and cause, Christie said.
A Royal Bank spokeswoman said the bank would be stepping up security, but declined to go into details. Gillian McArdle said RBC would not respond to the “inflammatory” statements of the firebombers.
Glebites thronged Bank Street on a sunny Wednesday, but expressed some trepidation at the violent act.
“It’s terrifying,” Martha Heilig said as she pushed a stroller down Bank. “Thankfully they’re not (making their point) by killing people.”
The action Tuesday appears to be part of the build up to the meeting of the G8 and G20 in Huntsville, Ont. and in Toronto. Anarchist websites are threatening “militant and confrontational” action during the summits next month.
Andre Gerolymatos, a professor of international security at Simon Fraser University and an expert on anarchy, said it would not surprise him to see those involved in the firebombing appear at the upcoming summits.
“The G8 (summit) has always been a magnet for protest. These people want to ratchet it up a bit,” he said Wednesday.
Gerolymatos said the group of radicals is probably small, and will likely try to mix in with legitimate protesters and incite police. “It’s a favourite tactic of anarchists,” he said.
With files from Meghan Hurley
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