Wet’suwet’en RCMP

People are protesting all over Canada about police raiding Indigenous land for pipeline

People all over Canada are protesting the RCMP raiding Indigenous lands over the pipeline dispute.

On February 6, RCMP officers armed with guns and dogs arrested six people in northern Vancouver at a roadblock erected by the Wet’suwet’en people to halt construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline (CGL).

Police also allegedly threatened to arrest journalists reporting on the event if they didn't leave the area.

Today, thousands of people across Canada are standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people.

In Victoria, B.C., a large crowd is occupying the steps of the B.C. Legislature building. Indigenous youth are playing drums and leading the crowd in song.

In nearby Vancouver, B.C., dozens of protestors occupied a busy intersection until 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

Protestors plan to return this evening to blockade the roads for another three hours.

In Winnipeg, Man., Indigenous youth occupied local MP Dan Vandal's office for two days until Vandal agreed to speak to them.

Hundreds of protestors also rallied outside of RCMP headquarters to show their support for Wet’suwet’en.

In Toronto, Ont., a throng of people carrying signs that read things like "Respect Indigenous Sovereignty" marched from the Ontario Provincial Legislature to the Deputy Prime Minister's office.

The crowd was so large that VIA Rail shut down all service between Toronto and Montreal.

In Ottawa, Ont., more than 100 Canadians braved the snow to march down Laurier Avenue in support of the Wet’suwet’en people.

The crowd chanted: "Hey, hey, ho, ho — RCMP has got to go."

The crowd was so large that local police officers were forced to shut down a street in the heart of downtown Ottawa.

In Halifax, N.S., a group of young protestors staged a sit-in at local Member of Parliament Andy Fillmore's office.

Their sign read: "End state violence in Wet’suwet’en territory."

Protestors have planned more marches tomorrow, including events in Alberta, Quebec, and the Northwest Territories.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently in Ethiopia and has yet to comment on the situation.

Lead photo by Siiam Hamilton

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