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At least 80 people gathered in downtown London, Ont., on Friday afternoon as another show of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters, including protesters in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville.
The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their supporters are trying to stop construction of a massive natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory in British Columbia. Ontario Provincial Police arrested 10 people on Monday at a solidarity railway blockade in Tyendinaga, though new blockades were set up soon after.
The London event, dubbed ‘Emergency Action in Solidarity with Tyendinaga + Wet’suwet’en,’ was organized by Idle No More – London, Red Warriors, and Climate Justice London and began at 2 p.m. Friday in Victoria Park.
At roughly 2:30 p.m., they began marching north on Richmond Street before stopping at the train tracks south of Oxford Street. The march resumed soon after with protesters making their way to the tracks on Waterloo Street, near Pall Mall Street just after 3 p.m. Friday.
“We want Canada and Canadian citizens to be aware of the situation that happening and one of the ways to do that is to set up blockade at a rail station or a walking protest,” said Biinbigay Gizhig, who spoke at the rally.
London police issued a release soon after, asking motorists to avoid the area and to expect delays throughout the downtown.
“Our objective is to maintain the safe flow of traffic and, when delays occur, restore traffic flow in the safest manner possible in those areas.”