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East Vancouver rail blockade in support of Wet'suwet'en cleared by injunction

Last Updated Feb 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm PDT

(Tarnjit Parmar, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

Dozens of protesters marched to the rail crossing on Renfrew near Grandview Highway late Saturday morning

According to one protester who was there, no arrests were made as police enforced the injunction

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Activists blocking a CN Rail crossing have been forced off of the tracks by an injunction, according to one protester who was there Saturday.

Dozens of protesters marched to the rail crossing on Renfrew near Grandview Highway late Saturday morning.

Their actions halted train traffic between Vancouver and Bellingham, Washington through Amtrack.

The protester, who did not want to be named, says more than 30 officers from the Vancouver Police Department moved in just after 7:30 p.m.

She says police seemed prepared to make arrests, bringing a “huge paddy wagon” with them to the site of the demonstration.

VPD have confirmed they were there to enforce the injunction CN Police was granted and no arrests were made.

Police also appear to have closed Renfrew Station while they enforced the injunction.

The demonstration was in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the construction of a liquified natural gas pipeline through their unceded territory.

Protests began escalating outside of northern B.C. last week after RCMP moved in and arrested dozens of opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, including Wet’suwet’en leaders. Solidarity actions have included blockades of roads, bridges, ports and train tracks across the country.