Many protesters chanted "No Olympics on stolen native land" going back to before many of us were born to the early days of George Vancouver. Now, yes its true George Vancouver and the original settlers of Vancouver most likely stole the land from the Aboriginal Peoples. But now we live and celebrate here just like the Aboriginal Peoples do. I mean, we're not that different...
Today during the protests I noticed that many of the protesters protesting the stolen land were not native, in fact i think the majority weren't.
Another thing I noticed was that different people said different things the largest group being the stolen land protesters but there were also people with instruments, many signs and in the true Drive fashion, CRAZY CLOTHES! This slogan was on a huge banner carried by two devils "with glowing hearts we seethe and writhe." Hee-hee it was great! I don't really understand why we would want to seethe and writhe but, a great example of Commercial's feelings. Another slogan being "homes for all" expressing the fact that Vancouver needs a lot of social housing. Due to Olympic policies put in by our governments, I imagine that quite a few other things are going to be put ahead of social housing on the city budget. But I don't know.
Many people disagree with the protesters but I think they have every right to tell people their opinion and express it to the world. The protesters didn't hurt anyone. In fact, I found watching the protesting parade almost as much fun as the torch. People who were expecting the torch strongly disagree with me as many people were quite disheartened to miss the torch. But you could also look at it from another point of view. Both the protesters and torch bearers won, the protesters had a successful protest, and VANOC ( VANcouver Olympic Committee) continued elsewhere.
And no-one was hurt.