As an activist who has faced police repression, these news deeply disturbed me. I thought that it was obvious to local organizers, that the powers that be don't want this movement to go off. Specially after the police violence we have witnessed at the birthplace of this "Occupy" movement in New York City. Not to mention the history of brutal violence by "Vancouver's finest" against the poor and political activists. I am in Japan right now, where activists face similar repression for organizing rallies where they demand the end of nuclear power.
In short and without getting too deep in the historical context of the role of the police within social movements, the job of the police is not to protect the people but to protect those who aim to rule the people. They protect the same people that the "Occupy Together" movement is trying to depose. By inviting the police to your demonstration you are inviting the enemy.
I threw my support to the Occupy Vancouver early on as a show of solidarity, and because I believe that we are witnessing a revolutionary moment and the birth of a global movement. I also thought that the all decisions were made during the general aseembly. But I cannot in good conscience exhort my comrades and others to attend the Art Gallery occupation when the police are a de facto part of the demonstration.
There is still time to salvage this, and I hope that during the general assembly the decision to work with the police is reversed.
In the spirit of total resistance