Rail line across Vancouver's Venables Street blocked as part of Wet'suwet'en Day of Action

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      The Unitst'ot'en blockade on the Morice River Bridge was taken down earlier this month in northern B.C.

      But that hasn't stopped opponents of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline from staging their own actions in other parts of the province.

      Today, around 100 demonstrators shut down the main railway line across Venables Street to the Port of Vancouver.

      CN and Vancouver police officers are monitoring the situation.

      The Vancouver protesters have accused the RCMP of violating a handshake agreement that led hereditary chiefs to call for a blockade to be dismantled.

      "According to reports from Unist’ot’en camp, the RCMP have set up a tactical operations base, and have begun establishing a camp behind the lines of the Gitdumt’en checkpoint that they breached a week ago, activating a massive and worldwide solidarity movement," the Vancouver sympathizers said in a news release. "The rolling days of action are part of this fightback, and the determination of the Vancouver rail blockade is to shut down Canada by interrupting Canada’s capitalist economy that depends on the paramilitary RCMP-backed dispossession of Indigenous peoples, economies and nations, and the theft and commodification of the natural wealth of that land."

      The proposed Coastal Gaslink pipeline will transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the yet-to-be-built LNG Canada plant in Kitimat.

      It's supported by 20 Indigenous elected councils along the route.

      The demonstrators gathered at 10:30 a.m. in Grandview Park on Commercial Drive before marching to the office of Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark, who represents Vancouver–Mount Pleasant. She's of Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Cree, and Ojibway ancestry.

      Mark spoke briefly with the protesters, who handed over a letter demanding that she break from the NDP government and oppose the pipeline.

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