The fallout from the RCMP incursion on Wet'suwet'en Territory has been dramatic and swift all across BC this week. With protests at the BC legislature, on highways, bridges, rail lines and the Port of Vancouver, it's clear that this mess is not going to be cleaned up any time soon. Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan still asserts that his government cannot intervene in the situation, as the court has already granted Coastal GasLink the injunction and the RCMP are bound to enforce it.
Meanwhile, journalists are still being suppressed at the checkpoints, with numerous reports of RCMP changing the exclusion zones seemingly on the fly, as well as telling journalists different things at different times depending on the situation. This has prompted a call from the Canadian Association of Journalists to demand RCMP respect journalistic integrity, and for journalists to document any and all abuses of power.
Protests are ongoing across Canada, with more blockades planned for today, tomorrow and later this week. Yesterday, there was a small confrontation in Victoria at the Johnson Bridge blockade as one frustrated citizen argued with a member of the protest. Some words were exchanged, but it was otherwise peaceful. While I understand this man's frustration, the whole point of protest is to disrupt the status quo and to bring the issue front and centre. The idea behind inconveniencing the public is to wake them up to the injustices caused by systemic discrimination or power imbalances, and to mobilize against the powers-that-be to force change to those imbalances.
Last week, several politicians in the House of Commons questioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about what the federal government would do to address the situation with the RCMP removing Wet'suwet'en from their territory. The Prime Minister simply stated that it was provincial jurisdiction, and that the BC government should be able to handle it. One of the MPs on the island, Paul Manly of the Green Party, disagrees with that assertion, and believes that the federal government must honour the principles of UNDRIP and deal nation-to-nation with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en.
In the meantime, as protests around the country continue, more arrests are taking place. The Wet'suwet'en are still being threatened on their traditional territory by the RCMP and the courts. The time is now to decide which side of history we want to be on. I have already decided for myself. I will continue to speak out and to inform people of what is going on to the best of my ability. That is why I started this podcast in the first place. I hope that you will join me in this fight.
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