A gathering of Toronto pipeline protesters made life difficult for commuters on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. According to Toronto police, a crowd of activists completely blocked off the intersection of Yonge St. and Eglington. Traffic in the area was brought to a standstill by the incident, which took place in support of Wet'suwet'en push back against the B.C. Coastal GasLink pipeline.
Officers were on the scene during the demonstration, talking to the protesters, keeping the peace and making efforts to move the march to the sidewalk. The rally eventually disperses without incident at around 1:30 p.m.
"Police are on scene at the demonstration at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, to monitor and promote public safety," Constable Michelle Flannery told Narcity at the time of the protest.
Many videos of the protest highlight the transit chaos, with backed-up vehicles seen attempting to make their way through the intersection. Travellers were encouraged by police to find an alternative route while they resolved the situation.
Protesters held signs that declared such phrases as "Water Is Life" and "F—C.K. Off RCMP." At one point, the activists appeared to break into a song while marching. However, it is unclear what they were singing.
Similar protests blocked off a popular intersection in Ottawa on February 7, 2020, during a Wet'suwet'en support rally.
VIA Rail and GO Trains have also been delayed due to protests blocking the tracks.
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A terrifying incident occurred in Regina, Saskatchewan, over the weekend when a car drove through a large crowd of protesters who were positioned on the city's Albert Street Bridge.
The driver of the vehicle was located. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shared her support for the Wet'suwet'en cause. The 17-year-old took to Twitter to speak out against the pipeline construction.
Thunberg's tweet received more than 8,000 likes in the span of a couple of hours.