Friday, February 7, 2020

RCMP breach Gidimt’en checkpoint, continue raid in northern B.C.

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With heavily armed tactical units brought in by helicopter and a vehicle convoy, the RCMP breached the Gidimt’en checkpoint to continue the raid on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, which began yesterday.

The RCMP is enforcing a B.C. court injunction granted to pipeline company Coastal GasLink to allow its workers access to the area. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are staunchly opposed to the pipeline.

“This is Wet’suwet’en territory. We are unarmed. We are peaceful,” Eve Saint, daughter of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Woos, said to approaching officers while holding a feather.

“This is unceded territory. This is the territory of Woos. I am his daughter. You are invaders. You are not allowed here. You are not welcome.”

“Tell me how this is different than 150 years ago, when you first came here. This is no different,” another voice from the Wet’suwet’en side said.  (more...)


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