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.
I just got out from #Gidimten clan territory on #Wetsuweten yintah, where RCMP conducted an aggressive, pre-dawn raid. Six land defenders arrested: pic.twitter.com/JkKempHUGM— Jesse Winter (@jwints) February 6, 2020
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.
Also happening NOW: Led by Indigenous youth, a large crowd is occupying the steps to the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, in solidarity with #Wetsuweten facing ongoing RCMP raid pic.twitter.com/kwlebCHLha #bcpoli #cdnpoli— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) February 7, 2020
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.
Reinforcements arrive at the Vancouver Port blockade in solidarity with the #Wetsuweten #alleyesonwetsuweten #WetsuwetenStrong pic.twitter.com/EU3G2IAUH0— Andrea Glickman (@AndreaGlickman) February 7, 2020
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.
Me and many others were out today in Winnipeg to show solidarity and support for Wet’suwet’en. pic.twitter.com/gcMiSbvrO6— Tanya Kappo (@Nehiyahskwew) February 7, 2020
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.
rallying & marching for Wet’suwet’en this morning in Toronto ❄️🔥— daniel sarah karasik (@fondfaun) February 7, 2020
the RCMP are armed trespassers & the world is watching. pic.twitter.com/vHAYuOiz7H
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."
Wet’suwet’en support rally marching downtown Ottawa. Laurier Ave today. pic.twitter.com/Z4dqWU0G9f— Jamie Pashagumskum (@JPashagumskum) February 7, 2020
The crowd was so large that local police officers were forced to shut down a street in the heart of downtown Ottawa.
A hundred or more marching through Ottawa's downtown core in protest of the RCMP's removal of Wet'suwet'en from their lands. @APTNNews #wetsuweten pic.twitter.com/6pD31NF2Uv— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) February 7, 2020
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."
A sit-in has been staged outside @AndyFillmoreHFX's office in #Halifax in support of Wet’suwet’en members in northern BC, who are blocking the construction of a pipeline. @globalhalifax @GlobalBC pic.twitter.com/4mNktFPLqe— Graeme Benjamin (@GlobalGraeme) February 7, 2020
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.
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