The solidarity action is continuing in the 6ix. During Friday evening rush hour before Family Day weekend, Wet'suwet'en protests in Toronto again ground traffic to a halt near Yonge-Dundas Square. The demonstration follows widespread transit disruptions across Canada after Via Rail cancelled trains due to the issue.
Toronto Police Operations tweeted photos of the significant protest on Friday afternoon, updating the public on its progress.
The demo started at Trinity Park, according to police tweets. It then moved across to Yonge-Dundas Square, closing the intersection to traffic and forcing buses to be diverted.
Police are advising that drivers should expect to find road closures in the area.
As of 5:28 p.m. ET, officers were assisting in crowd control and attempting to help TTC buses get through the throngs.
Photos and video footage from the scene show the scale of the action.
According to a tweet and a Facebook event posted by climate action group Extinction Rebellion Toronto, the protest is a joint effort between XR, Fridays For Future Toronto, and other groups in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders.
Per the event details, the action was scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Protests have been ongoing both in Toronto and across Canada for several weeks now over the First Nations issues.
DEMONSTRATION: (UPDATE) Yonge St & Dundas St E -intersection is CLOSED - demonstration is in the middle of the inte… https://t.co/LVag7nJQqg— Toronto Police Operations (@Toronto Police Operations)1581718595.0
Just earlier this week, demonstrators were filmed at Yonge and Eglington.
Meanwhile, last weekend, rail lines between Toronto and Ottawa were blocked and GO Transit and Via Rail service had to be scrapped as a result.
DEMONSTRATION: (UPDATE) Yonge St & Dundas St E - officers o/s assisting with traffic & crowd control - officers ass… https://t.co/xwq7gSKXS9— Toronto Police Operations (@Toronto Police Operations)1581719327.0
Since then, of course, the transit situation has got significantly worse.
Via Rail cancelled all routes in Canada on Thursday as the continuation of service became less and less feasible.
BREAKING: Protest crossing through @CFtoeatonCentre in #toronto. cc. @CityNews @CTVToronto @blogTO https://t.co/GtZv0zBgHy— Steven Branco (@Steven Branco)1581717486.0
Protesters at Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square. Protest about the pipeline, although chants of “Hey Hey HoHo RCMP… https://t.co/iuWTomFM4k— Ben Steiner (@Ben Steiner)1581720716.0
Stations across the province turned into eerie shells of themselves as a result.
Meanwhile, pipeline protestors insisted they are not going anywhere soon, so it seems the issue doesn't have a solution on the horizon.
This isn't the only significant action by Extinction Rebellion in southern Ontario to make the news on Friday.
Two members of Hamilton's XR branch have been charged with mischief after dumping a truckload of turd outside Premier Doug Ford's office back in December.
At the time of publication, Friday's protests in Toronto were still ongoing.