Wet’suwet’en Protestors Are Now Blocking Trains In Edmonton (PHOTOS)
The group is called "Cuzzins For Wet'suwet'en."
In the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, February 19, a group calling themselves Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en set up a blockade on a CN rail line west of Edmonton. About 30 protestors gathered around the rail line, carrying banners of support for the Wet'suwet'en people. This Wet'suwet'en protest has halted all train traffic, with a CN train still waiting down the tracks.
The protestors in Edmonton blocked the train line via a car and several pallets at around 7 a.m., according to CTV News. Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en have organized this blockade "in support of the Wet'suwet'en," as explained on their official Twitter account.
They have also put up large banners reading “reconciliation is dead,” “we protect us," and "no consent," as reported by CBC.
Protests in support of the Wet'suwet'en people have gripped the nation over the past month, with protests occurring all over the country, fromto Ontario to .
The Edmonton protest has not necessitated police action, thus far said Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Barry Maron.
"There are some people that are on the rails. They're not on the roadway, they're on the CN property, and we're working with the CN police to resolve it," he told CBC News.
Maron also added that the police are "in no rush" to engage with the protestors as of now.
The Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en have been active on their Twitter, letting followers know the progress of their blockade.
They have also asked supporters to join them at the blockade and requested supplies such as firewood, extra food and water, chairs, camping gear, and music.
The Edmonton Journal revealed that the blockade would continue till the RCMP are removed from Wet’suwet’en territory.
They spoke to one of the protestors posted up on the rail line, who said that government leaders "never hear our voices and when they do they just act like they do."
Meanwhile, CN Rail is still monitoring the situation in West Edmonton and are evaluating their legal options, CBC reported.
They confirm that a train is currently halted on account of the protests blocking the rail line.
CTV News explained that CN Rail is taking measures to lay off close to 450 employees in Eastern Canada following about 400 train cancellations in the past week.
Train services around the country have been affected due to the protests.
Via Rail had announced a week ago that they wereall train services in Canada due to the blockades in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario; however, some services did in Eastern Canada.