Wet’suwet’en supporters march through downtown Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Demonstrators block traffic on Granville Bridge

After leaving the intersection of Cambie and Broadway in the early hours of the morning, protesters in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en have reassembled downtown for another day of action.

A steadily growing crowd gathered outside BC Supreme Court at 10 a.m. for speeches, followed by a traditional smudging, drumming and dancing, and to announce a legal challenge to a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Injunction after a four-day blockade.

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As the group swelled to the hundreds, they marched to 609 Granville Street, the corporate headquarters for Coastal GasLink.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline construction in Northern B.C. has received approval from several First Nations leaders, but Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they did not grant permission and their land is being illegally occupied.

Last Thursday, RCMP officers arrested six protesters on Wet’suwet’un territory in Houston, B.C., igniting protests across the country. In Vancouver, the Port of Vancouver was shut down by a human blockade, before dozens of arrests were made on Monday. Hundreds of protesters then shut down the intersection of Cambie and Broadway Tuesday afternoon, blocking traffic in all directions.

Demonstrators then moved on to block the entrance to the Granville Bridge at the intersection of Granville and Drake and shut down traffic in both directions.

The protests are planned to continue tomorrow morning at Kitsilano Community Centre and at a second, undisclosed location, to be announced on Twitter.

@DrewClarkeBC


 

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