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Protest at Port Metro Vancouver entrance

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Protesters blocked the Port Metro Vancouver entrance at Hastings and Clark Drive earlier today, with about 100 people demonstrating against everything to do with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government.

“What they talk about all the time is economics, economic development, how we’re going to maintain Canadian lifestyle and stuff like that,” says Dan Wallace, who’s among today’s protesters.

“But it’s more than that. There’s a lot more that’s at stake, so we want to make sure that we’re showing people that you can do it as a small group — even a few people,” he tells us.

Demonstrators have been holding up signs reading “Native lives matter” and “Fracking = Genocide” “#InquiryNow” and “Justice for missing and murdered women.”

Some First Nations and supporters are hosting what they call “Shutdown Canada” — 22 events across the country that plan to cause disruptions.

Demonstrators say they’re angry about political and economic systems in Canada, and their belief indigenous voices are being silenced.