Americans in Vancouver plan Thursday evening downtown protest

American citizens in Vancouver are planning a Thursday evening downtown protest following the firing by US President Donald Trump of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Plans are for a protest to be held at 5pm in front of the US Consulate at 1075 West Pender Street.

It will be linked to similar “massive ’emergency’ protests” in Toronto and Victoria as well as some 900 other cities across North America, according to organizers.

“The firing of Sessions is widely viewed as a possible attempt to obstruct the ongoing Special Counsel Investigation being conducted by the US Dept of Justice and headed by former FBI director, Robert Mueller,” said the organizers in a release.

The Mueller investigation is looking into alleged foreign government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and includes possible links between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

“Many experts view Trump’s firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt,” said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

“Trump’s actions are being compared with those of US President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the ‘Saturday Night Massacre,” said organizers.

“The ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ refers to the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by President Richard Nixon. Cox clashed with the White House over Nixon’s refusal to release Oval Office recordings, some of which implicated the president in the break-in.”

jlee-young@postmedia.com

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