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Canada: The Wetsuweten Keep Resisting Amid Police Violence

  • Indigenous anti-pipeline blockades, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 14, 2020.

    Indigenous anti-pipeline blockades, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 14, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @democracynow

Published 15 February 2020

Indigenous peoples are protesting against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Canadian Police's snipers and armored vehicles entered the territory of the Wetsuweten to suppress their protests against the construction of a pipeline harmful to the environment.


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The Indigenous authorities did not give their consent for a project that will have a significant impact on the environment and the way of life of their people.

Nevertheless, the Canadian Supreme Court decided that the TransCanada company pipeline must be built and that the Indigenous people's resistance is illegal.

After the ruling, the federal police began to dismantle homes and healing centers of the Wet’suwet’s people on the route through which the pipeline will pass.

Since the beginning of the operation, more than twenty Indigenous persons and land defenders have been arrested.

"We are here today to denounce the colonial state that continues to expel our people from our territory. We are not in a protest camp. This is our house and they have come to invade us," the Indigenous leader Freda Huson said.

"They are entering our territory with weapons. We are willing to face such violence and to expose the true face of the Canadian police," she added.

After making these statements, Huson was arrested while performing a ceremony in homage to the indigenous women and girls who have disappeared and died in Canada.

In several cities in this country, citizens are carrying out protests, property occupations and train line blockages to express solidarity with the Wetsuweten people and to reject the violence of the State.​​​​

The CN Rail and Via Rail companies closed extensive stretches of their rail lines throughout Canada as a result of protests against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the province of British Columbia, which will be 650 kilometers long and cost US$4.7 billion.

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