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Protests against a new pipeline spread across Canada

They've been fighting against a pipeline project on their lands for several weeks. Protests are now spreading across Canada in support of the Wet'suwet'en people.

Trains blockaded by the First Nations

Since the beginning of February, these barricades have appeared on the railways in Canada. The reason: protests against a gas pipeline project by the company Coastal GasLink that will cross the Wet’suwet’en people’s territory. By 2025, the 670 km long pipeline will be able to export 700,000 liters of liquified gas every day.

As well as the environmental concerns, the Wetʼsuwetʼen protesters condemn the intrusion on their land, describing it as colonization. Numerous activists from other communities have joined them to condemn a political system that is largely hostile to the rights of indigenous peoples. While the project got the approval of the native communities’ elected leaders in exchange for promises of jobs and a portion of the profits, the decision has been challenged by the historic chiefs of these communities. The latter consider themselves to be the only ones capable of making decisions about their traditional lands.

After 10 days of protests, more than 400 trains have been cancelled which is affecting around 83,000 commuters. On an official visit to Senegal, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, invited all parties to resume dialogue in order to find a solution quickly. The forced closure of part of the rail network hinders the transportation of several products towards the east coast of the country. According to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the economic impact is estimated to be at several tens of millions of dollars. But for the opponents, the impact of global warming caused by projects like this one would be far worse.

Brut.

02/20/2020 2:35 PM
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23 comments

  • Miglena G.
    02/21/2020 19:59

    Leave the natives alone and leave their land. They took their continent and they ruined everything beautiful there...

  • Kate S.
    02/21/2020 17:23

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3387828407910474&id=100000500446589

  • Nick M.
    02/21/2020 16:47

    Lots of false information here, really not surprising.

  • Kyle B.
    02/21/2020 16:33

    The tittle of this add is fake news. Protesters are trespassing on private property. "Their land"was actually given away/ bought in 2012 by a democratic vote of the tribes. Theres a lot of information out there that people are missing. Look into it yourself understand both sides. Do not be one sided if you've only been fed news from one side. Be human about this. Use your own brai to develop an opinion.

  • Vicki S.
    02/21/2020 14:00

    Money and power. Decent people don't have a chance. What a wicked world ..

  • Duncan D.
    02/21/2020 12:21

    For all the people who don’t know shit and are talking out their ass.... The most prominent member of the Wet’suwet’en community speaks out against the exploitation of her community by outside protesters and a small group of hereditary chiefs who are violating the traditions and practices of the Wet’suwet’en because they refuse to accept the will of the majority. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-thats-not-the-way-of-our-ancestors-wetsuweten-matriarch-speaks/

  • Steve B.
    02/21/2020 09:44

    They're just pissed they're not getting more money

  • Allison L.
    02/21/2020 09:39

    Behold all the empty trolling sockpuppet 🧦 accounts screaming nonsense against peaceful, lawful disobedience that protects the rights of people who have been ratfucked for 200 years

  • Duncan M.
    02/21/2020 07:11

    Arriving at protests for this in massive 4x4s seems odd.

  • Allan V.
    02/21/2020 05:41

    Look at Bastion Point, the untold story. Television New Zealand.

  • Jay N.
    02/21/2020 03:41

    Just a political gimmick to provoke civil violence to support our prime ministers cause: to remove firearms from citizens

  • Bryan P.
    02/21/2020 02:21

    YALL ARE FUCKD IN THE HEAD

  • John R.
    02/20/2020 23:24

    Maybe we should give them poision blankets like the government tried before to wipe out these proud people,have you ever talked to a native American and tried to understand you osritch!🤣🤣

  • David G.
    02/20/2020 20:00

    There is no support for them in my town. Criminal anarchists.Enforce the law Mr.Trudeau. The last poll I saw indicated 86% of Canadians want the law enforced.

  • Jennifer M.
    02/20/2020 17:00

    Another Standing Rock. Holy crap

  • Evan C.
    02/20/2020 15:35

    And they have been blocking railways and roads and interfering in the lives of people who have nothing to do with it. Don't make these protestors look like angels, for they are selfish.

  • Jana C.
    02/20/2020 15:32

    I would take this more seriously if they stopped selling illegal cigarettes, and suing for every wrong thing thats been done by people who don’t even exist anymore. You gonna hurting your fellow Canadians and your telling us its our fault. Thanks for cutting off the maritimes with your unnecessary , selfish blockades.

  • Barrie C.
    02/20/2020 15:25

    Progress is so important, Canadian prosperity came about by using British industrial methods which the local tribes benefited from. They now live in heated modern buildings not freezing cold igloos or hunting for their next meal, none of them would want the old ways back. Recompense can be made to them for that pipeline going through their land based on a yearly rental system.

  • Diana N.
    02/20/2020 15:20

    Finally!

  • Duncan D.
    02/20/2020 15:13

    Do some fact checking before you post leftist BS, the chiefs have already agreed to it and want the pipeline in besides the few because it gives their people jobs