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Dramatic standoff between B.C. First Nation and RCMP over pipeline access prompts rallies across country – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 201937 Views

Jan. 8, 2019

CALGARY—Nearly 60 solidarity rallies around the world are due to be held on Tuesday in support of Wet’suwet’en First Nation members, after a dramatic confrontation with RCMP over pipeline access on their traditional territory in northern B.C. Monday.

Calgary could see one of the tensest rallies, as supporters of the land defenders are due to hold a rally outside of TransCanada’s downtown headquarters at the same time as a counterprotest by oil and gas supporters in favour of the liquified natural gas pipeline which sparked the standoff.

Wet’suwet’en land defenders have been manning a pair of checkpoints that block Coastal GasLink from building a pipeline to the future site of the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, B.C. Dozens of heavily-armed RCMP officers enforced a court injunction to remove obstacles to the pipeline’s construction on Monday, tearing down barricades and making 14 arrests. While the elected band council signed a $13 million agreement to support the pipeline, some members — and the entire hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en — opposed the project.

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