Canada: 14 arrested at indigenous anti-pipeline protest camp as tensions rise

Canada: 14 arrested at indigenous anti-pipeline protest camp as tensions rise

As Indigenous demonstrators try to block a planned pipeline project in northern B.C., rallies and demonstrations are being planned across Canada and in parts of the United States.

Temporary exclusion zones and road closures will be established in the area.

The planned pipeline route will serve LNG Canada's $40-billion export terminal in Kitimat. "The hereditary chiefs are".

"We're definitely seeing a lot of police activity", Ms. Wickham said.

"This is how we teach our children for the future to look after this", he added.

Terry Cunha, a spokesman for TransCanada, said the enforcement of the order was "taken as a last resort and a necessary action after years of attempting to engage the camp" to find a solution.

Ridsdale said that a 72-year-old woman was among those arrested. It said protesters were expected to be taken to provincial court in Prince George.

"We didn't expect such an extreme action", he added.

Members of the RCMP's Aboriginal Police Liaison have also met with the Wet'suwet'en chiefs and indicated that specially trained tactical forces will be deployed to forcibly remove people from sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory.

Mounties say various offences, including alleged violations of an injunction order against the blockade, prompted Monday's arrests.

"Where's our human rights? There is no reconciliation in the actions that unfolded yesterday".

"There are very real communities being affected by this - terrorized by this".

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"If this was really about the "rule of law" then governments would be honouring the rights and title of First Nations in their traditional territories, which are recognized by Canada's own courts", Bellegarde added.

In a statement posted on its website, the Unist'ot'en camp issued an global call to action for the Gidimt'en access checkpoint.

One of Tuesday's largest protests began on Parliament Hill and proceeded through downtown Ottawa.

Protesters delayed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech in Ottawa, stopped traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompted a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute. Some held banners with skulls drawn on them and the words "no pipelines".

There were no physical confrontations but angry words and hand gestures flew back and forth as at least a dozen Calgary police officers used their bodies and bicycles to separate the groups.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office repeated its previous remarks on Tuesday, saying the federal government is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

Chants of "Build that Pipe" drowned out the blockade supporters initially but the anti-pipeline group found its voice and were soon matching the volume with their own chant of "Consent".

Kent Manning came down to show his support for the oil and gas industry and wanted to make sure the "bleeding-heart side" wasn't unopposed.

With the major controversy over the BC pipeline and the removal of indigenous people by RCMP, hundreds of Torontonians have gathered together downtown to support these indigenous communities.

"You are here today because you care about our resource sector, you care about our province and you care about our nation", Moe told the cheering crowd. Support for those fighting against the pipeline has grown since the injunction.

"Coastal GasLink has project agreements with all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the length of the project in British Columbia", the company said in the court document.

The 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline would supply natural gas for the LNG Canada project, which is a joint venture between Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS.

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