Vancouver Protest Shuts Down Granville Bridge & Police Say Avoid The Area (PHOTOS)
The march began outside the BC Supreme court.
The Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest in Vancouver today has led to the closure of the Granville Bridge in both directions. Drivers have been told by Vancouver Police to avoid the bridge, as a group of protestors stopped on the 600 block of Granville Street at around 1 p.m. This Vancouver protest began by the B.C Supreme Court this morning at 10 a.m, after which the protestors marched through Vancouver's downtown.
The march through the city, which was organized on Facebook, was led by indigenous advocates such as Natalie Knight, Herb Varley, and Geneva Stowell.
CTV News reported that the outside the courthouse was led by protestors seeking to file a legal challenge against a Port of Vancouver injunction.
This injunction allows the police to clear demonstrators blocking their path to the facility's entry points.
CTV also reported that 43 people were arrested at the Port of Vancouver demonstration on February 10, where overin support of the Wet’suwet’en people.
200 people congregated outside the supreme court this morning, where they were "holding signs, drumming, chanting and making speeches.", said CBC News.
A Narcity reporter at the scene by the Granville Bridge reported that the protestors have completely shut down the Granville Street Bridge.
At about 2:55 p.m, there were approximately 80 protestors on the bridge. No cars were passing through except the police offers on motorcycles.
Yesterday, on February 11, over 300 protestors had gathered on a busy downtown intersection, holding a 16-hour demonstration that lasted till this morning.
People were only able to reopen the intersection at 6:30 a.m this morning, stated CBC.
CBC also added that the Wet'suwet'en supporters are continuing to work with lawyers to fight the injunction, so it remains to be seen whether protests of this type will continue.