Port of Vancouver blocked on Jan 9, 2019. Photo: Facebook
As the Unist’ot’en awaits the RCMP raid on their checkpoint, solidarity actions and rallies are continuing across the country. In Vancouver, BC, a vital route to the Port of Vancouver has been blockaded while in Montreal five people were arrested after blocking traffic on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, an important route into the city.
Marching to the Port of Vancouver, Jan 9, 2019. Photo: Facebook
In Toronto, a solidarity rally is currently blocking the Bloor viaduct and the ramp onto the Don Valley Parkway.
In Toronto protesters move onto an on ramp for the Don Valley Parkway. Photo: Facebook
On the 27 KM point of the forest service road accessing Unist’ot’en, Wet’suwet’en and allies have gathered and are maintaining a fire. Here the RCMP have blocked the road with large trucks to prevent people going to Unist’ot’en. Meanwhile, police and private contractors are continuing to work to clear the road to the Unist’ot’en checkpoint itself.
Five anti-pipeline protesters arrested for blocking traffic on Jacques-Cartier Bridge
CTV News Montreal, January 9, 2019
Police officers from the Surete du Quebec dismantled a small protest on the Jacques Cartier Bridge Wednesday morning.
Five demonstrators were arrested on the scene, and a handful of others reportedly fled.
Traffic towards Montreal came to a stop for approximately 20 minutes while they spread out across the road, carrying a banner with a pro-environmental message.
“This type of protest action is not tolerated by the SQ and those responsible will be prosecuted,” said Daniel Thibodeau, spokesperson for the SQ.
The impromptu demonstration was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia.
RCMP officers arrested 14 people from a blockade preventing access to a pipeline project in the Northern community on Tuesday.
A number of solidarity rallies have been held across the Island of Montreal – including a rally outside of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s consitituency office on Cremazie Boulevard.