An anarchist group claimed responsibility for firebombing an Ottawa bank Tuesday and vowed to bring its cause to the G8 and G20 summits.
The group, which identified itself as FFFC, posted a video of the bombing online, accompanied by a message criticizing Royal Bank of Canada for being “a major sponsor of the recently concluded 2010 Olympics on stolen indigenous land.”
The message goes on to read: “The games in Vancouver are now over, but resistance continues. An RBC branch can be found in every corner of Kanada (sic) . . . The G8/G20 ‘leaders’ and bankers are meeting in Huntsville and Toronto to make decisions that will further their policies of exploitation of people and the environment.
“We will be there.”
In the short video, which can be viewed at www.thestar.com, two people run out the door as fire explodes throughout the building, shattering the front window.
No one was hurt in the 3:30 a.m. blaze, which caused about $300,000 in damage, reports say.
In Huntsville, meanwhile, the town’s fire chief has been reassigned following a possible breach in G8 summit security.
Officials remain tight-lipped about what the supposed breach was or why Steve Hernen, a 25-year veteran of the fire department, has been put on desk duties. However, the town learned of the incident Thursday and, following an emergency council meeting, launched an internal investigation.
The incident is a municipal matter and is not being investigated by the G8’s Integrated Security Unit, Sgt. Pierre Chamberland said.
As Huntsville’s director of protective services, Hernen has taken part in negotiations between the town and federal government regarding nearly everything on the G8 — from boosting the number of emergency vehicles during the summit to hashing out a contract to ensure the town isn’t on the hook for unforeseen operating costs.Source.