Over 100 People Block Vancouver Ports On 4th Day Of Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protests
They show no signs of stopping.
For the fourth day in a row, protesters are blocking access to the Port of Vancouver in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people amidst alleged police violence. Groggy protesters are braving the cold this morning as they continue blocking traffic after staying up all night. The Vancouver Port protests could cost the city millions of dollars in imported goods.
According to Natalie Knight, an organizer of the protests who spoke with Narcity, over 110 people in total are currently blocking three entrances to the port. Over 70 are blocking the entrance at Hastings and Clark, 20 are at the McGill St. Entrance, and another 20 are at Powell and Heatley.
More are expected to arrive later, she told us.
For the first time since the blockade started, protesters have stayed out overnight. Around 75 people were present throughout the night, said Knight.
The blockade has caused major traffic disruptions for people trying to access the ports. Vancouver Police have been monitoring the situation, with updates on traffic via Twitter.
No arrests have been made so far.
"Things are good, spirits are high," Knight told us. "We've been holding all three entrances from over on the third day, and we're over 24 hours or more. 27 or 28 hours on this most recent blockage."
According to Vancouver is Awesome, the city is losing thousands of dollars of goods every 15 minutes. Knight estimates the protests have cost the city millions of dollars.
Protesters are alsofrom leaving.
The first of the protests began Thursday, following the RCMP entry and arrests of Wet'suwet'en pipeline protesters on their land. A total of 21 people have been arrested so far, according to the National Observer.
The raid and arrests are to reinforce an injunction to remove the barriers stopping workers from reaching a natural gas pipeline work site.
In response, people fromhave risen in solidarity.
International figures have also pledged their support, including.
"We're gonna go until they decide to actually get out of Wet'suwet'en and stop building pipelines on other people's land," Aoife McCandless-Davis, a protester currently at the McGill entrance told Narcity.
"We'll go until they stop enforcing European law on other people's land."
McCandless-Davis and protest supporter Torrance Coste told us that the protests have received a lot of support, both from Vancouverites and the truck drivers they are holding up.
Protesters got "positive honks. Thumbs up from some cars," said Costey.
However, they've also run into some opposition.
"All the people that were trying to get out of the port were really upset and quite aggressive about, like, trying to force their way out," said McCandless-Davis.
"We've had a number of run-ins with really aggressive people. I mean, like probably half a dozen times now... they drive really really quickly and then once they realize they can't just straight-up murder us they stopped."
"But one person didn't stop the car and so my friend had to jump out of the way and got bumped a little bit," they said.
"No matter where you stand on an issue, like a pipeline, it's not right to force people off their land and territory. And I think that's why you're seeing such widespread response from Montreal to Northern BC," said Coste.
The City of Vancouver declined comment. Narcity has reached out to Vancouver police and the Port of Vancouver for comment. This article will be updated once we hear back.