At Least 33 Wet'suwet'en Activists Arrested In BC As Police Crack Down On Blockades
The Vancouver and Delta blockades have been dissembled.
Vancouver and Delta police have cracked down on Coastal GasLink protesters in their respective cities. The demonstrators have blocked off entrances to Canada's largest port located in Vancouver as a show of solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation, an act that could cost the city millions of dollars. The RCMP reported 33 Vancouver Wet'suwet'en arrests on Monday.
Hours after the RCMP moved on the Wet'suwet'en Nation's blockades in B.C. last Thursday, Vancouverite supporterson three entrances to the Port of Vancouver.
On Sunday, they also moved to blockade DeltaPort.
However, a supreme court injunction later that evening gave Vancouver and Delta police the power to arrest and remove the blockades.
"On Monday morning, police were compelled to act on a B.C. Supreme Court order, in response to a request from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, to restore access to the Vancouver ports," the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) told Narcity.
"A number of protestors refused to abide by the court order. So far, 33 arrests have been made," the VPD statement said.
On Monday, Natalie Knight, an organizer of the demonstrations, spoke to Narcity.
"The last three people who were arrested at Powell and Heatley, witnesses described as being 'dragged through the streets behind the paddy wagon,'" Knight reported.
She added, "Other arrests included Billy Pierre, who is a long time indigenous land defender, and a 14-year-old person."
The Red Braid Alliance, an organizing party behind the Vancouver protests, are posting updates on Twitter. They report that an ambulance was called for an "unresponsive" protester.
Knight claims that police took action at 5 a.m., after reading the injunction to the crowd. The arrests reportedly continued until around 8:30 a.m.
In their statement, VPD reports that 33 arrests have been made so far.
However, Knight claims at least 32 people were arrested at just one entrance to the Vancouver port. Red Braid Alliance reports 14 arrests at the DeltaPort Entrance.
Sophia Banks, a participant in the protests, said to Narcity on Twitter that a group of lawyers are mobilizing. Banks said they're currently trying to figure out where police are taking those arrested.
As it stands now, the protests are winding to a close.
"I left last night around 8. Went back this morning and saw people from the blockade getting into their cars," Banks told Narcity. "Was cleared out by 8 a.m. over here."