Peaceful protests held in support of 14 land defenders and elders arrested at anti-pipeline blockade in western Canada
It started with two MUN students, then a third and soon enough — despite the cutting wind freezing Bannerman Park in St. John’s Sunday — the bundled-up rally-goers strolling in a few at a time formed a united crowd.
They were there to peacefully protest the recent arrest of 14 Indigenous land defenders and elders in We’suwet’en territory in the interior of British Columbia at the Gidimt’en check-point on Morice River Road at a blockade to protect their territory against the development of a proposed pipeline by TransCanada Corp.’s subsidiary Coastal GasLink.
This protest in St. John’s aimed to put pressure on provincial and federal governments to cease armed intervention in peaceful Indigenous protests and for the activists to be released from the charges.
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