Reactions to death at #OccupyVancouver

The death of a young woman at the Occupy Vancouver protests sparked controversy on social media about the protest movement, which has been in Vancouver since October 15.  

"Woman confirmed dead due to alleged OD at . Thoughts & Prayers with the family. Time to shut this gong show down" wrote @VancityBuzz. 

"Mayor announces the shuttering of . A week late but better than never," @DorionBanks said.

"woman found inside a tent, after how long? no tents the person may still be alive. is a hazard. ," tweeted @AdamPicotte.

Some, however, questioned the logic of shutting down the protest site due to health concerns, suggesting it was a double standard.  

"My big wonder tonight is why an OD should be enough to shut . Overdose deaths happen blocks away & most pay no attention" Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee (@SunCivicLee) tweeted. 

"Occupy Vancouver must be shutdown because too dangerous, says mayor. Hotels not held to same standard" @EricJaffa said.

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents in a recent CBC poll agreed that Occupy camps should be allowed to stay. However, since today's death, Mayor Gregor Robertson has instructed staff to look into ways to remove the site. 

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