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Is there a “wrong” way to protest? How far is too far?


On November 6th, on two separate occasions, a lecture was ambushed and taken over by a group of protesters to the point that the event could no longer continue.

The first group of protesters was made up of environmental activists looking to show their disapproval of McMaster’s money going toward the funding of a lecture given by Susan Cunningham, an executive at a large oil company.

They came in with drums, making noise and disrupting the talk, forcing organizers to call off the rest of the event after Cunningham’s failed attempts to continue the talk, trying to speak louder than the protesters.

A similar event occurred at a pro-life event put on by campus group Lifeline. This event was set to feature an educated discussion of the issue until a group came in, bringing noise and silly-string, and put an end to that event as well.

After The Silhouette’s coverage of both protests, and an editorial criticizing the tactics of the protesters, Sil newsstands began to be vandalized in an effort to cover up the paper.

Executive Editor of the Silhouette Andrew Terefenko came on Morningfile with Tyler Welch to talk about the week’s happenings. Listen to the full audio here:


3 thoughts on “Is there a “wrong” way to protest? How far is too far?

  1. both events did continue. the susan cunningham one after 8 minutes and the lifeline one after 45.
    get your facts straight.
    non-permanently taped flyers as vandalism? bandits? you called this unbiased language?
    also interesting how banging drums is childish whereas your editor calling people “dicks” on air is somehow acceptable.
    shoddy reporting, boring politics.

  2. this interview sums up why academia is the worst, in it’s uncritical ‘a-political’ violence, and propriety which, psst: causes the Real Harms of this World. The Sil is violently gagged and useless.

  3. no one reads the sil anyway! have fun sucking eachother’s intellectual dicks! also i sincerely hope andrew is not considering a career in journalism…

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