Activists gathered outside the downtown Vancouver office of Immigration Canada yesterday to protest the Conservative government’s decision to refuse entry to an outspoken, anti-war British politician.

British MP George Galloway was told Friday that he would not be allowed into Canada for a four-city speaking tour because of his support for Hamas, which is considered in Canada to be a terrorist organization.

Derek O’Keefe, co-chair of the Vancouver StopWar Coalition, was among those bearing signs and wearing duct tape over their mouths.

“It makes it look like we have a very backward, neo-conservative government and that we’re afraid of open debate and dialogue.”

Galloway chastised Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s decision in an article for the Guardian Saturday, saying: “That’s the way the right-wing, last-ditch dead-enders of Bushism in Ottawa conduct their business.”