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Anti-Olympics activist detained at border then deported

A freelance reporter and Games critic from the U.S. was denied entry to Canada this weekend, according to the Olympics Resistance Network.

Martin Macias Jr. and his companion, Bob Quellos, flew to Vancouver Saturday afternoon. The two planned to attend an anti-Olympics "convergence" planned for Feb. 10-15.

Both were organizers with No Games Chicago, the group that opposed Chicago's unsuccessful 2016 Olympics bid.

They'd just picked up their baggage when Macias was pulled aside by airport guards.

“He was detained for hours by Canada Border Services agents in the Vancouver International Airport and questioned about his plans during the Olympics,” an ORN press release stated.

Local anti-Games critic Chris Shaw said the U.S. consulate told him Macias was deported to Seattle. Shaw believes Macias' known opposition to Chicago's Olympics played a role.

The ORN is drawing parallels to the experience of Amy Goodman, an American journalist held and interrogated at the Canadian border last year. Goodman was questioned for hours about the 2010 Games.

She was on her way to speak in Vancouver and hadn't planned to discuss anything related to the Olympics.

Geoff Dembicki reports for the Tyee.

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