Protester Sings ABBA Hits in Front of Harper’s Calgary Home for Hours — Arrested
CALGARY — Another Stephen Harper protester has been arrested, this time for being musical in front of the Prime Minister’s southwest Calgary home.
The 56-year-old lawyer and mother of three sang ABBA hits with altered lyrics for more than three hours on the sidewalk in front of Harper’s Tuscany home.
“Put Mr. Harper in some platform shoes, unbutton his shirt to show his chest hair, and he’s as behind the times as ABBA,” said Annie Langstrom to the Calgary Herald just before being taken into police custody.
“Mama Mia, there you go again. My, my, how can I impeach you?” sang Langstrom as police placed her in a cruiser, with a small crowd of neighbours clapping along and joining her in song.
Ms. Langstrom carried a sign that read, “Waterloo. Finally Facing Your Waterloo.”
The oil and gas taxation lawyer told CBC Calgary that she has never picketed or protested before and chose to sing altered ABBA hits after seeing a YouTube video of Mr. Harper playing the piano and singing “Take a Chance on Me” to a crowd of Conservative fund-raisers last week in Toronto.
“And then he got up and walked into the crowd singing ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Pleeeze. I actually had a gag reflex.”
Langstrom was asked by CTV what specifically she was protesting about the Harper government and replied simply, “Everything.”
“Me singing ABBA songs at the top of my lungs at Harper’s house makes about as much sense as giving billions to oil companies, or burning science books, or saying smoking marijuana gets you 2 years in jail…”
Calgary police say charges of public mischief, disturbing the peace, and holding a public concert without a City permit are pending.
“Ms. Langstrom actually has a very nice voice,” Constable Lee Vickers told the Calgary Herald. “She was nailing Dancing King when we arrived on the scene.”
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