Protesters say RCMP Preparing to Move Against Anti-Pipeline Camp

John Crawford
01/07/2019

Tensions are growing in the Bulkley Valley, as supporters of an Indigenous camp blocking access to the planned Coastal Gas Link pipeline route say they are anticipating RCMP action over an injunction filed against them.

The Gidumt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation have set up a camp along the route TransCanada wants to build the pipeline to the planned LNG Canada terminal at Kitimat -- and they say RCMP officers have been brought in to Houston and Smithers preparing to enforce an injunction obtained by the company. 

Yesterday, they posted photos on Facebook which they say show busloads of RCMP officers being brought in to forcibly evict the protestors.

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[PHOTO:   Samantha Vincent -- FACEBOOK]


TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route, including the Wet'suwet'en -- but Gidumt'en spokesperson Jennifer Wickham says the house chiefs have jurisdiction, and they have not given consent.
  
TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha says there's no reason protestors cannot remain at their camp -- and that the company just needs access to a bridge near one of the two camps, in order to access the right of way for its planned Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Rallies and marches are being organized across the country in support of the protestors.
    
Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal are among at least a dozen cities where events are being planned for tomorrow in support of the hereditary chiefs, after organizers called for an international day of action.
 

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