(TGP) – A solidarity rally in support of the battered Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia thundered through the University of Guelph’s student centre on midday Tuesday.
The Guelph rally is just one of several taking place across the country and internationally in response to the RCMP starting a forced removal of Indigenous clans from an area near Houston, B.C. on Monday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, armed in high numbers, broke through one of two checkpoints set up by Wet’suwet’en land defenders who aim to stop a Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline from being built.
After armed police broke through the barricades acting on an injunction by the B.C. Supreme Court ordering the clans to allow the pipeline workers to pass, they made 14 arrests and tore down the checkpoint.
Wet’suwet’en nation’s Unist’ot’en Camp, which lies beyond the remaining checkpoint, said on Tuesday morning that some 35 RCMP units with helicopters and snowmobiles are en route to knock the barriers down.
‘Long live resistance’
The solidarity rally put on by multiple community and student groups in the University Centre had at least 30 people gathered around as speakers took turns with a megaphone or beat a drum.
“When I say long live, you say resistance. When I say down with, you say colonizers,” participants in the rally chanted, along with “No Justice! No peace! F-ck the police!”
Organizers called for “a revolution” and blasted the governments in Ottawa, British Columbia and the RCMP for their actions–specifically naming the prime minister, the B.C. New Democratic Party and the Greens.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to publicly comment on the situation at Unist’ot’en, following usual protocol that his office does not comment on individual cases.
The rally was put on by United Against Oppression, Fossil Free Guelph, OPRIG, and the Revolutionary Student Movement–a mix of progressive groups fighting against imperialism, capitalism and pipelines.
A rally in Ottawa had at least 200 protestors involved as they marched down Sussex Drive towards the prime minister’s residence at Rideau Hall, chanting the popular “hey hey, ho ho, the pipeline has got to go!”
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