Protests disrupt Dick Cheney's Vancouver book tour stop
Protesters attempted to block the front doors of the Vancouver Club earlier this evening, in an effort to prevent people from attending a book club-sponsored presentation by former U.S. government official Dick Cheney. Attendees - each of whom had paid $500 to hear Cheney speak - had to be escorted by police through lines of protesters who had formed a human chain across the front door.
Cheney has courted controversy over his support for harsh interrogation methods used on detainees captured in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has repeatedly justified his belief that waterboarding (a technique that involves 'simulated drowning') "saved countless American lives." This admission has prompted some Canadian Members of Parliment, such as Don Davis, to demand that the Canadian government arrest Cheney and charge him with war crimes.