Support from far and wide
The Vancouver protest is just one of many. The series of protests were organized by Harsha Walia, an activist and organizer based in Vancouver. Walia had this to say about the protesters at the checkpoint up in Northern B.C.
Unist’ot’en Camp and the more recent Gidimt’en Checkpoint is one of the most courageous, visionary, uncompromising and generative struggles on these lands. For the past eight years, they have painstakingly been re-occuping their lands, asserting their jurisdiction, vitalizing food and medicinal sovereignty, healing their community at their newly built healing lodge and homestead, and governing through their hereditary clan and feast system. It has to be said they did all this without the support of many mainstream settler organizations or ENGO’s, many of whom at different times actively sidelined or undermined the struggle. – Harsha Walia, No One is Illegal
Protesters gathered Tuesday from as far as Atlanta, Georgia to Whitehorse, Yukon even to Stockholm, Sweden. Many in attendance are offering their support and solidarity with those at the Unist’ot’en Camp. On the flip side, others are staunchly anti-pipeline and come at it from an energy position as well.
According to the RCMP release, they’re justified in their enforcement of the injunction since the injunction order gave protesters 72 hours to
remove any obstructions, including but not limited to gates, they have caused of created on the Morice River Bridge or the Morice West Forest Services Road. If such obstructions are not removed within 72 hours, the Plaintiff is at liberty to remove those obstructions, including any gates.
Will update this story as it develops.