The 30 tents of Occupy Nanaimo, now in its 15th day, went behind barricades this morning to accommodate Trick-or-Treaters and a costume contest for dogs in the front end of the Diana Krall Plaza. The occupiers agreed to temporarily relocate their camp to the back end of the plaza, and to accept the barricade (whose purpose was said to be to keep Halloween kids from accidently wandering into the tents – yeah right, whatever). The plan is to remove the fencing and re-instate the camp to its original position by tomorrow.
Still, an encampment of human beings corralled behind a fence is an unsettling sight, conjuring images and memories of some of the worst periods in human history. Not really a moment for Nanaimo to be proud of.