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Hereditary chiefs, protesters arrested at rail blockade in northern B.C., say witnesses – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 202066 Views

Members of the Gitxsan Nation set up fresh blockade north of Smithers, B.C., Monday

Feb 24, 2020

Several people, including at least two hereditary chiefs, were arrested at a railway blockade in northern B.C. Monday evening, according to witnesses.

Members of the Gitxsan Nation set up the blockade near New Hazelton, north of Smithers, B.C., mid-afternoon, less than two weeks after a similar blockade at that site was dismantled on the promise of dialogue from federal and provincial politicians.

Gitx’san Nation Hereditary Chief Spookw said the protesters were out in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern B.C. They were also opposing the arrests of demonstrators at a Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory camp next to a railway crossing in Ontario earlier Monday.

At the blockade, witnesses described a chaotic scene of arrests in the dark, involving about 40 protesters and 20 police officers. Neither RCMP or CN Rail police would confirm the arrests.

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