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Anti-pipeline protesters blockading CN Rail crossing

Last Updated Feb 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm PDT

Summary

More disruptions are underway in support of Wet'suwet'en First Nation in Vancouver

Dozens of protesters have marched to a rail crossing on Renfrew near Grandview Highway

Protests have been escalating outside of B.C. after RCMP arrested some opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A group called Urban Indigenous Sovereignists and its supporters have blockaded a CN Rail crossing.

Dozens of protesters have marched to the rail crossing on Renfrew near Grandview Highway.

It’s not clear how long they intend to stay there.

The gathering to back Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs is part of ongoing protests that have included blockades of roads and bridges in several cities as well as similar action that forced the closure of passenger and freight-train operations in Eastern Canada.

Protests began escalating outside of northern B.C. last week after RCMP arrested some opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline near Houston for violating a court injunction.

The company has signed agreements with all 20 elected band councils along the pipeline route, but Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say band councils only have authority over reserve lands.

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