Does this lady look like a “security threat” to you?

For over two hours hours on January 15, members of Homes not Bombs and Ottawa Raging Grannies staged a sit-in at the entrance to Global Affairs Canada, demanding a meeting with Chrystia Freeland, with what seemed like a tantalizing proposal: Freeland could, with the stroke of a pen, cancel the $15 billion Saudi weapons contract, provide alternative green employment for affected workers, and end her department’s role as a global weapons broker. The group even brought along a ready-made letter for Freeland to sign!

All national media networks had cameras there, but none chose to report on a two-hour stand-in/sit-in… in fact, according to participants, who included former Canadian UN Ambassador for Disarmament Peggy Mason as well as 92-years-young Loris Jordan (pictured), and Matthew Behrens of Homes Not Bombs, Freeland’s ministry “treated all of us as security threats and denied [us] entry.” Full video coverage of the disappointing encounter are available on the facebook page of Homes not Bombs (…) Thank you to the determined Canadian citizens who tried to get Canada out of the arms business… we hope that you never give up!

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