Protesters want Bush handcuffed on landing in Canada tomorrowMarch 16th, 2009 - 9:08 am ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 16 (IANS) Protests await former US president George W. Bush when he visits Canada’s Calgary city Tuesday to deliver a private lecture on his eight years in office.
Protesters say they will disrupt Bush’s lecture at the city’s convention centre. Rather than getting a welcome in Canada, protest leaders say the former US president be put in handcuffs on landing in Canada.
A leader for the protesters said Canada should not welcome “a war criminal” on its soil. He said Canadian police should put Bush in handcuffs for the alleged torture of prisoners at Guantanamo base camp.
“The guy is supposed to be put in jail on the 17th. He is under our jurisdiction,” he was quoted as saying by the Canadian Press.
Some lawyers have also reportedly written to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force, not to let Bush enter the country because of his “war crimes.”
The protesters also plan to stage a mock trial for Bush at the venue to hold him accountable for his “war crimes.”
Bush, who left the office in January with one of the lowest approval ratings for any president in US history, was the least liked foreign leader in Canada when he was office.
This will Bush’s first visit abroad after retirement.
According to the organisers, which include the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Bush supporters, the former president will speak also on the “challenges facing the world” in the current century, apart from his eight years in office.
To ward off any trouble inside the convention centre, the event has been kept a private affair, with only about 1,500 people being invited to listen to Bush.
It is not known whether the former president will meet any Canadian leader during his trip.
-Indo-Asian News Service
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