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Police in Canada arrest 33 protesters opposing Coastal GasLink pipeline

Christian Fernsby |
Police have arrested 33 people today, ending the closure of Vancouver ports in British Columbia province by indigenous protesters opposing the construction of Coastal GasLink pipeline.

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The arrests resulted from an injunction granted by a British Columbia court on Sunday to restore access to ports in the city.

Port Metro Vancouver is one of Canada’s biggest ports and police say protesters received several requests and warnings to clear the area prior to the arrests.

Protests have been ongoing since Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed an agreement to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline, saying they hold authority over traditional lands, not the elected indigenous band councils the provincial government had consulted.

Some 28% of the 670 km route passes through Wet’suwet’en lands.

Construction has continued along other parts of the pipeline route.

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