Wet‘suwet’en protests take over the streets of Vancouver

Anmol Aujla / February 13, 2020

The crowd continues to grow as protesters gather to for speakers to begin the ceremony.
(Anmol Aujla / BCIT Journalism)

Hundreds gathered outside Vancouver City Hall Sunday afternoon in support of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs who oppose the LNG Pipeline. The rally was one of the many this weekend, multiple ports and intersections were blocked off throughout the Lower Mainland.

Speakers like Judy Wilson emphasized the need to take a stand before the government ruins what’s left of their land,

“You need to protect the water and land because we need that for the future generations.”

Despite those who believe that Horgan is not doing enough, he states that his hands are tied in moments like this.

“Governments don’t direct the courts, nor do we direct the RCMP. The injunction was sought by the company, it was granted by the courts and the RCMP are enforcing that injunction.”

The Port of Vancouver released a statement earlier this week addressing their request for a court order. After a court injunction was issued RCMP acted to restore access to both Vancouver and Delta Ports, after protestors had them blocked off for several days.

“I respect everyone’s right to lawful protests but when you’re interfering with the operation of the economy at the ports and through the city here in the Lower Mainland I think that becomes a problem “ – John Horgan – BC Premiere

Although, Ports have been cleared protestors continue to block many busy intersections in Downtown Vancouver. Participants say that the battle will continue until the RCMP and NDP listen to the Wet’suwet’en demands.