The intersection of Belleville and Government streets in Victoria closed Friday morning as supporters of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs came out in numbers.
Starting at approximately 8 a.m., supporters gathered in Centennial Square outside City Hall before heading down Douglas Street towards the Legislature. Douglas Street was temporarily closed for the march.
Speakers said they won’t leave until RCMP are removed from the Wet’suwet’en Territories.
— Victoria News (@VictoriaNews) February 7, 2020
This comes after at least six people were arrested at a Coastal GasLink protest camp in northern B.C. on Thursday. RCMP began enforcing an injunction order against Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and supporters blocking the liquefied natural gas project that goes through their traditional territory.
Thursday afternoon demonstrators walked out of classes at the University of Victoria with demands that RCMP dismantle the exclusion zone and withdraw from Wet’suwet’en. A group consequently held their ground outside the ceremonial entrance to the legislature.
— Nicole Crescenzi (@NicoleCrescenzi) February 7, 2020