Thursday, April 16, 2009

Unhealthy civil act

Business cries foul over public defecation; health of hunger-striking Tamils begins to slip

Upon learning there were complaints of people defecating in the World Exchange Plaza's parking garage over the weekend, a spokesman for the Tamil protesters on Wellington St. went on a speaker yesterday and reminded demonstrators to respect local businesses.

It's not known exactly who was defecating in the garage, or if it was a protester, but a plaza employee said it's not common. "It's not against any rules but it's breaking a moral code," said the employee, who didn't want to be identified.

He also said protesters were sleeping in their cars in the garage. Other garages in the immediate area said they've had no problems. The protest has created some problems for businesses in the area.

A sign at the Tim Hortons at Metcalfe and Sparks streets yesterday advised customers the washrooms were out of order. Meanwhile, the protest carried on through its seventh day on Wellington St. in the shadow of Parliament Hill.

Paramedics were called to check on one of the five people on a hunger strike shortly before noon after he complained of stomach pains.

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