Protesters occupy attorney general’s office

Dylan Grant / February 13, 2020

Protesters gathering outside of David Eby’s office in Vancouver with four officers standing outside.

(Matt Fraser / BCITNews)

Protesters supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs against the natural gas pipeline through northern B.C. targeted a new location on Thursday.

The protesters gathered at the Kitsilano Community Centre before they stormed into the BC Attorney General David Eby’s office.

They are pressing for a meeting with Eby and the withdrawal RCMP and Coastal GasLink from the Wet’suwet’en nation.

This is coming after the fact on Wednesday protesters closed the Granville Street Bridge for hours, the cambie and broadway instersection on Tuesday and access to the Delta and Vancouver ports on Monday.

One of the demonstrators, Frank Joseph, described the three demands they are asking for from the government.

  1.  We want to revoke all permits associated with the 40 billion fracked gas projects LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink, so the projects meet the standards of free prior, and  informed consent under the Anuk Nu’at’en
  2. We want them to use their power as an executive council member to intervene in the injunction and force an order against the Wet’suewet’en Hereditary chiefs this order clearly violates the criminalizing the rights of the Wet’suewet’en of occupy, manage and making their land.
  3. If they are unable to uphold their responsibilities Anuk Nu’at’en as well as the principles of UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) we demand that they resign from the executive capital immediately. So, we want them to take action and be able to use their power and intervene and if not we want them to step down from that power because what’s the point of them having it if they aren’t going to help us out.

The BC Government as agreed to meet with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in the hopes of finding an agreement and resolution.

BC Premier John Horgan stated on Wednesday that corporation is needed to resolve the issue around the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

“150 years of colonization will not be eliminated by the passage of a piece of provincial legislation It will be eliminated by people of good will, working together to ensure that the prosperity that we want for ourselves is shared by everybody”- John Horgan,  Premier of British Columbia

CN Rail and Via rail have cancelled their trains. Via rail is cancelling all their trains nationwide and CN is stopping all services in Eastern Canada.

In a statement, Via rail said that temporary stoping their entire network is their only option.

All eastbound West Coast Express trains on Thursday have been cancelled due to protesters on the Pitt River rail bridge.