RCMP are officially leaving the Wet'suwet'en site
On Thursday, Canada confirmed that the RCMP will officially be leaving the Wet'suwet'en site in British Columbia.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair spoke to Canadian reporters on Parliament Hill, revealing that RCMP will leave Wet'suwet'en territory and move to the nearby town of Houston.
Blair said that the decision is in the best interest of "peace-keeping."
Public safety min @BillBlair says RCMP in BC have told Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs they’ve agreed to move their officers to a nearby town away from barricade area, and are asking for roads to stay clear. Blair calls this a sound decision, believes it meets original conditions. pic.twitter.com/LlAEQpHItv— Abigail Bimman (@AbigailBimman) February 20, 2020
The announcement comes after thousands of Canadians stood in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people over the past two weeks, protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline that will cut through Indigenous territory by occupying major roads, railways, ports and government buildings.
Hereditary chiefs from the Wet’suwet’en territory have staunchly refused to meet with federal and provincial ministers until the RCMP move out of the area.
We have NOT MET with @Carolyn_Bennett or with @scottfraserndp. We will not talk to them until the RCMP are out of our lands and until CGL permits are pulled and they adhere to our eviction notice. https://t.co/ELnKakxYHP— Smogelgem (@smogelgem) February 18, 2020
Trudeau has been adamant that he will not force an end to the railway blockades or take forceful action against any of the Wet'suwet'en protests.
Blair called the RCMP's decision to leave the B.C. site a "sound operational decision."
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