Article by Brenda Norrell
Four more Land Defenders were arrested on Friday, as Wet'su'weten protected their land from the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction at Gidimt'en checkpoint. Land Defenders placed their vehicles in the path of RCMP to prevent the police from leaving with those arrested and were holding a Ceremony for their protection. The vehicles were towed, and moved by a bulldozer and damaged, as militarized RCMP made the second attack on this Wet'suwet'en camp on Friday, leaving Chiefs, elderly and a pregnant woman stranded in the cold, according to live reports.
Throughout Canada, the call went out to 'Shut Down Canada' and Native people blocked trains, bridges and government offices. Akwesasne Mohawks blocked the border.
The Ricochet reporter was detained multiple times by RCMP to prevent him from reporting, as the militarized police made the second assault on Wet'suwet'en camp on Friday. Ricochet announced throughout Friday that they had lost contact with their live reporter.
Hereditary Chief Na'moks said those arrested were on their own territory and were not blocking any construction, which hasn't progressed in the cold weather since December, CBC reports.
"We were living there before the exclusion zone," Na'moks said. He added that police have asked residents of a cabin to leave. "You can't abandon your home."