RCMP Begin Enforcing Coastal GasLink Injunction

John Crawford

It appears police have begun enforcing the court injunction against those interfering with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline south of Houston.
Yesterday, the RCMP held a news conference in Vancouver, where Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan said the force must carry out the court order.
But she says there's common concern for everyone's physical, emotional and spiritual safety.
"We, the RCMP, share that concern and believe there are ways for safe, peaceful and lawful discourse or dissent without violence; a recent example of this from British Columbia was the enforcement of the BC Supreme Court injunction on Burnaby Mountain; protestors were able to voice their concerns, and if they chose to, to be arrested in a non-violent way."
Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs said every effort would be made to avoid violence.

"Some people want to be arrested, we'll accommodate that, no handcuffs and you'll be processed; other people maybe just are just what we call passive resistance, they don't fight back, they just stand there and not move or they lay on the ground, we can easily take them away; our members are trained to respond to behaviour that they're presented with and we want to minimize that; we don't want to use any force," he said.

[RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs]

This morning on Facebook, a Unist'ot'en representative said RCMP police vehicles passed by a checkpoint on the Morice West Forest Service Road and began making arrests. 
Early yesterday, it was announced that talks between the BC Government and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs to de-escalate the conflict over the pipeline had ended after only two days.

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