BREAKING: John Holer Threatens to Stab and Bury Demonstrator at Marineland
The 2013 Marineland season has begun and as it is illegal to leaflet to people at the drive in entrance as the City of Niagara Falls has leased that land to Marineland - we have encouraged advocates to leaflet the exit to the park where it is still lawful to do so.
Today while leafleting advocates were met with intimidation by park staff under the direction of park owner John Holer - which escalated to John Holer telling demonstrator Mike Garrett on film that he’s, “lucky he doesn’t have a knife” and “I’d bury you right here.”
Marineland Exit Leaflet Threat (June 1, 2013) - http://youtu.be/V61RPlakTxY
This is far from the first time that park owner John Holer has resorted to intimidation and threats - and already the second time since our campaign has started in 2011 that John Holer has uttered death threats while (noticeably) being filmed.
The first incident occurred in September 2011 where John Holer was irate over a demonstrator, Dylan Powell, standing on Municipal property making it impossible for his staff to errect a “Protestors Ahead - Keep Moving” sign which in itself was against Niagara Falls City By Law. In that incident, Holer threatened to cut off his head and also repeated the threat that he would “run him over” if he did not move. The Niagara Regional Police have knowledge of that video, however, never acted upon it.
Holer Threat Video (2011) - https://vimeo.com/29582044
Fast forward a year and a half later and John Holer still continues to flaunt his impunity in the Niagara region by uttering death threats that would receive criminal charges if the roles were reversed.
At this point we are demanding that the Niagara Regional Police investigate and lay criminal charges on John Holer, aka Ivan Holerjem, for uttering death threats and we will be following this release with media releases as well as a release to the NRP.
Is there one law for the rich and another law for the poor? We will find out.
ARREST, ARREST, ARREST JOHN HOLER!
MarineLand June 1 2013 Exit Leaflet “Checkmate”
MARINELAND SECURITY blocks MIKE GARRETT through
physical contact as MIKE holds his hands out with leaflets.
MIKE GARRETT (to camera): Look at this we’re hugging! This is the
closest I’ve ever been to evil in my life. Like literally.
CAMERA-PERSON: Come on he’s just doing his job,
JOHN HOLER: You are lucky I don’t have a knife.
MIKE GARRETT (to JOHN HOLER): You’re lucky you don’t have;
I’m lucky you don’t have a knife? So you would stab me if you had a
JOHN HOLER (to MIKE GARRETT): Yes I would bury you right
MIKE GARRETT: Wow, you’d kill me right here?
JOHN HOLER: I’d bury you right here.
MIKE GARRETT: You’d bury me right here, you wouldn’t even bother
to put me in the mass graves. [holds out leaflets to approaching van,
exiting the park] Come on up folks it’s just information. That’s all it
is, just information. John doesn’t wanna stab me and bury me here,
just take the leaflet.
MIKE and MARINELAND SECURITY reposition themselves as a
second vehicle approaches to exit.
MIKE GARRETT: All it is is information, that’s all. All it is is
information sir, you want a leaflet? Alright, have a nice day. [turning
to JOHN HOLER] See John all we’re doing is asking, people don’t
have to take it.
JOHN HOLER flails both arms around and approaches MIKE
JOHN HOLER: [unintelligible] take it! You have nothing better? I, I, I,
I… Idiot! An idiot.
MIKE GARRETT: A whale. You called me a whale earlier let’s stick
with the program.
JOHN HOLER: You’re idiot.
MIKE GARRETT (to camera): I can see John getting a little furious
JOHN HOLER: [unintelligible]
MIKE GARRETT (to camera): Thank god John doesn’t have a knife
or he’d bury me right here as he said.
JOHN HOLER (to ML SECURITY): [unintelligible]
CAMERA-PERSON (to MIKE): Well, he’d have to do us both.
ML SECURITY (to JOHN): [unintelligible] bump into me.
MIKE GARRETT (to ML SECURITY): Yeah, we wouldn’t want that.
JOHN HOLER (To MIKE GARRETT): You bumping into us.
MIKE GARRETT: Well don’t stand in my way John, you’re standing
in my way.
ML SECURITY (to MIKE): It is public property.
MIKE GARRETT (to ML SECURITY): That’s right, this is public
property. I can stand here as well. If you choose to get in my way,
that’s not my problem.
CAMERA-PERSON: Well, it’s just kind of battling banjos really.
MIKE GARRETT: Yeah really.
CAMERA-PERSON: Actually maybe a little bit like chess.
MIKE GARRETT: Hmmm. It’s a chess game. [points at ML
SECURITY] Except this guy doesn’t know how to play chess.