Small group of protesters supporting anti-pipeline protests in stall traffic in Winnipeg BC

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About eight people blocked the westbound lane of Portage Avenue adjacent to Manitoba RCMP headquarters in Winnipeg on Friday morning in support of protesters arrested in blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline. , which will travel through Wet’suwet ‘territory in person in west-central British Columbia near Smithers when completed.

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Prior to the arrival of Winnipeg Police, who were directing traffic, the vehicles backed up about a kilometer on Friday. Many passers-by honked their horns in support of the protesters. A few shouted insults. At one point, a frustrated man clashed with protesters and attempted to remove a barricade.

On Thursday in British Columbia, Wet’suwet’en and Haudenosaunee members supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs were pulled by mounted police from a barricaded access road used by CGL workers. The RCMP was enforcing an injunction prohibiting the blocking of the road when they made the arrests. One of the demonstrators from Winnipeg shared his thoughts on the CGL situation.

“The traditional clan houses of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have stood up to oppose the fractured Coastal GasLink pipeline that is proposed to cross their territory,” climate activist and author Clayton Thomas told media. Müller. “Right now, they are taking position on the Morice River near a bridge where Coastal GasLink is attempting to drill below the bridge to make way for this pipeline. Coastal GasLink violates all kinds of archaeological laws. They violate all kinds of water laws.

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When complete, the $ 6 billion CGL pipeline, owned by TC Energy, will transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) 670 km from northeastern British Columbia to a facility in Kitimat, B.C., owned by to a multinational consortium. The companies plan to ship LNG to Asia. The Financial Post reported that LNG would offset China’s significant coal power, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and the Wet’suwet’en First Nation communities are separate entities, British Columbia Liberal MP for Skeena Ellis Ross, former chief councilor of the Haisla Nation, told The Sun outside of Kitimat. Twenty First Nations, including the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, are supporting the pipeline, he said. Questions remain as to why the Indigenous consensus is being supplanted.

“These protesters are very poorly informed,” he said. “Once you are made aware of this, it is very ruthless to think that you want to leave these First Nations people in poverty. No one talks about the violence of poverty, the social assistance that aboriginal people face across Canada. The elected officials are trying to find a way out. The protesters, as well as the BC NDP, are using this for their own purposes and it is shameful.

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