The RCMP have moved in to remove protesters who rappelled from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
The protest was launched by Greenpeace Canada last Tuesday (July 3) in opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.
The protesters sought to blockade oil tanker traffic from the pipeline’s terminus.
One of them was Will George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and spokesperson of the indigenous-led movement Kwekwecnewtxw against the pipeline expansion.
George was arrested by police.
“I will remain the fierce opposition,” George said in a statement. “It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all my son’s future is at stake. I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”
The RCMP announced on Twitter at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday (July 4) that police are “in the process of apprehending and removing the protesters that have been suspended off” the bridge.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from U.S. company Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.