Protest - Revolt

Carl Meyer
Sabina Dennis of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation confronts RCMP officers at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint in northern B.C. on Jan. 7, 2018. Photo by Michael Toledano

Anger at Canada’s support for fossil fuel expansion boiled over Tuesday, driving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to physically change venues before giving a speech to Indigenous leaders in Ottawa — where he failed to mention a blockade in British Columbia that had spurred a nationwide solidarity movement.

Trudeau was originally scheduled to give opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. at a government building at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, near his official residence, where an annual forum was being held concerning treaties between First Nations and the Crown.

Perrin Grauer and Jesse Winter
Heavily armed police force their way over a reinforced gate amid screams of protest at the Gidimt’en clan checkpoint.  (JESSE WINTER / STARMETRO VANCOUVER)

MORICE WEST FORESTRY SERVICE ROAD, B.C.—A checkpoint camp was abandoned behind a massive fallen tree and a barrier of flame on Monday afternoon as dozens of RCMP officers finally pushed past the barricade set up to bar entry to the traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en people.

Fourteen people would be arrested by the end of the day.

National Observer
A sign for a blockade check point by the Gidimt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation is shown in this undated handout photo posted on the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory Facebook page.

More than a dozen people have been arrested for protecting territory that is blocking access to a new pipeline expansion project in British Columbia.

RCMP say they arrested 14 people from a blockade to a forest service road in northern part of the province that is preventing access to the pipeline project.


Mounties say the arrests took place at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint on Morice West Forest Service Road for various offences, including alleged violations of an injunction order against the blockade.

Leyland Cecco

Police officers deployed near checkpoint where protesters have gathered to block the construction of a natural gas pipeline

Indigenous protesters in Canada have called a growing police presence near their makeshift checkpoint “an act of war”, as tensions mount over a stalled pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

First Nations Leaders
The RCMP Emergency Response Team in training for action against First Nations (among others.)

Helen Pidd and Matthew Taylor
A protest against fracking exploration in Barton Moss, Salford, in 2014. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Jan. 4, 2019

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as discontent spreads

Ministers are facing a fresh confrontation with local councils over their controversial plans to expand fracking, after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country set out plans to ban the practice.

Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which critics say is dangerous and unproven.

Richard Greeman
Seasons Greetings from France’s Yellow Vests: “We Are Not Tired” - “Inform yourselves by Internet. 98% media owned by billionaires.”

January 2, 2019 

Is the Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) rebellion, now in its seventh week, “petering out?” Such was the near-unanimous pronouncement of the mainstream media, when I returned home to Montpellier, France, eager to participate and to observe first-hand this popular insurrection which I had been afraid of missing.


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