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Demonstration returns to B.C. legislature despite injunction

Last Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 10:28 pm PDT

Protesters on the steps of the B.C. legislature in support of Wet'suwet'en heriditary chiefs on Feb. 24, 2020) (Courtesy Twitter @IY4wetsuweten)
Summary

A protest in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs gathered at the B.C. legislature

There is a court injunction against protesting at the legislature

Police are at the protest though there is no word on arrests

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A court injunction against protesting hasn’t stopped a large demonstration from forming on the steps of the B.C. legislature on Monday.

Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en say they gathered to “challenge the colonial injunction and stand in Indigenous law,” while calling on politicians to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We are asking that Canada stand with us. We are asking that you stand with us to bear witness to the enforcement of a colonial injunction on Indigenous youth who are conducting cultural business, not blockading. We are not protesters, we are protectors,” the group says in a tweet.


Victoria police say their presence at the demonstration is to ensure safety and keep the peace.

Police say they will stay overnight as the protest continues.

This isn’t the first time protesters in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs demonstrated at the legislature. Earlier in February hundreds of protesters blocked the doors into the building leading to several arrests.