Moist’suwet’en solidarity protest shuts down Yonge and Dundas

Bryann Aguilar,

Printed Friday, February 14, 2020 6:31PM EST

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Dozens of individuals occupied a significant downtown intersection to point out their help of the Moist ‘suwet’ en hereditary chiefs who’re opposing the development of a pipeline on their territory.

The protestors marched from Trinity Sq. Labyrinth to Yonge and Dundas Sq., impacting site visitors throughout the afternoon rush.

The demonstration was organized by Extinction Rebel Toronto and Local weather Justice Toronto.

Many are carrying indicators and chanting slogans condemning the actions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the territory.

The blockades started final week after the RCMP enforced an injunction towards Moist ‘suwet’ en hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who have been blocking building of the Coastal GasLink pure gasoline pipeline.

Different rail blockades sprang up in different elements of the nation in solidarity with the Moist ‘suwet’ en. Most notably, a blockade close to Belleville has shut down rail site visitors between Toronto and Montreal and Toronto and Ottawa for days.

The protests led to CN finally shutting down its japanese railway community, in addition to Through Rail practice cancellations nationwide on Thursday.

Leslie Solomonian mentioned the protest is a technique to disrupt the established order in order that extra individuals are conscious of the state of affairs in British Columbia.

“The federal government of Canada is unlawfully invading territory of people that’ve been stewards of it for hundreds of years.”

She mentioned the federal authorities is “extremely problematic and hypocritical” for declaring a local weather emergency, however then shopping for a pipeline.

In response to Andrew Scheer’s comments on activists checking their privilege, Jordi Little mentioned the Conservative chief is being “salty” as a result of he misplaced within the elections.

Scheer mentioned a small variety of demonstrators can’t be allowed to carry the economic system hostage and threaten hundreds of jobs.

“These activists might have the posh of spending days at a time at a blockade, however they should verify their privilege,” Scheer mentioned.

“It’s not a privilege for individuals there who’re combating for the integrity of their land,” she mentioned.

“That is life or demise for the land defenders on the market. That is their unceded territory.”

-with recordsdata from The Canadian Press