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The rage is spreading – and governments seem to have no good response
Feb 13, 2020
The dispute over the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline in the B.C. interior is fuelling protests right across the country now — protests that governments seem reluctant to confront even as they spread.
Earlier this month, RCMP officers in the B.C. interior wrapped up their enforcement of a court injunction in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters who have prevented construction workers from getting to a central work site.
Not long after the protesters were arrested, their protests spread far beyond the interior — to the Port of Vancouver, to the B.C. legislature in Victoria, even as far afield as Toronto and Belleville, Ont. The delicate balance authorities are trying to strike over infrastructure projects and Indigenous rights has seldom looked more fragile.
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