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Demonstrators opposed to a natural gas pipeline that would link Dawson Creek with a future LNG plant in Kitimat briefly shut down a rail crossing in East Vancouver on Wednesday.
The protesters were engaged in a “day of action” in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation members who are fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would cross their traditional territory.
In a media release, supporters said they planned to “shut down Canada by interrupting Canada’s capitalist economy that depends on the paramilitary RCMP-backed dispossession of Indigenous peoples.”
Around 100 demonstrators gathered at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive and marched to the rail crossing at Venables Street and Glen Drive.
“Our actions are in response to the province, federal government, and RCMP allowing Coastal GasLink access to unceded territory without Free Prior and Informed Consent,” said demonstrators in a release.
Demonstrators claimed that an agreement between the RCMP and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs to dismantle a blockade at the Unitst’ot’en camp near Houston, B.C. last Thursday has already been violated.
“According to reports from Unist’ot’en camp, the RCMP have set up a tactical operations base, and have begun establishing a camp behind the lines of the Gitdumt’en checkpoint that they breached a week ago, activating a massive and worldwide solidarity movement,” said the group.
Demonstrators blocked the crossing from about noon to 2 p.m., before moving on towards the Downtown Eastside.
Global News has requested comment from CN Rail and CN Rail police.
Under the terms of the agreement reached last week, the Unitst’ot’en camp could remain so long as its blockade of a bridge was removed. Police agreed to scale back their presence in the area.
This article first appeared on globalnews.ca
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