Woman Dies Occupy Vancouver – The Occupy Vancouver movement has seemingly hit breaking point with the death of a young woman, of an apparent drug overdose early Saturday evening.
Vancouver police quickly cordoned off the area amid a chaotic scene as friends of the young woman — believed to be in her 20s — grieved while others clashed with police and media as the punk band DOA took up centre stage on the art gallery stairs.
Police spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said the cause of death has yet to be determined and there is no early indication the death is suspicious.
Lauren Gill, an addictions services worker and representative of the Occupy movement, said the death is a real tragedy.
“I’m still kind of in shock,” Gill said, after being away from the site during the emergency situation.
“We just lost a member of our community and people just need some time to grieve,” she said.
Mayor Gregor Robertson arrived at the site at 8 p.m. and said there is no set timeline in dismantling the encampment, but something needs to be done.
“This is the second critical incident in the last two days,” Robertson said over catcalls from occupiers.
“There has been progress made over the last day-and-a-half, but not enough,” he said.