Canadian Embassy, Ambassador's home get protests against RCMP pipeline raids on Wet’suwet'en land

Video: Protest at Canadian Ambassador's house, Canadian Embassy 3 min 40 sec

Early AM on the 7th of Feb, the RCMP assaulted unceded Wet’suwet'en lands seeking to push through the Coastal GasLink pipeline. 11 Indigenous land defenders and allies were arrested. The weekend brought further RCMP violence and arrests. On the 9th of February, DC area Indigenous people and their allies showed up at the home of the Canadian Ambassador and on the 10th of February at the Canadian Embassy demanding that RCMP withdraw from Wet’suwet'en land.

During the Feb 9th protest at the Canadian Ambassador's house, the Secret Service detained one person. It appeared they would be arrested and the situation began to heat up, but in the end the SS backed off and released them.

The next day (Feb 10), protesters showed up at 8AM outside the Canadian Embassy in cold, drenching rain. The weather was useless to Canada as a deterrent, being quite mild compared to winter camping conditions expected by those who deployed to the front to defend unceded Wet’suwet'en lands at the checkpoints and blockades set to keep TC Energy (TransCanada) from trespassing or damaging the land.

In the wake of the heavily armed and militarized RCMP offensive against the Wet’suwet'en, protests have been taking place all over Turtle Island both north and south of the "Canadian" border. A general offensive under the name "Shut Down Canada" has been declared. The ports of Vancouver and Delta Port have been shut down, with workers refusing to cross picket lines. Highways and railroads have been shut down by blockades all over Occupied "Canada." ALL Canadian business activity is now effectively being targetted by such means as the port and rail blockades.

If First Nations forces and their allies escalate further and gain control of the right bridges (as the Mohawk Warrior Society did in the past), they could potentially deny the Canadian military access to much of their equipment. This was forecast by a circa 2015 Canadian military study of a hypothetical coordinated Canada-wide First Nations uprising. Under that circumstance the settler regime in what is known as "Canada" would have little choice but to negotiate, with their military effectively disarmed. Alternately they could seek intervention by the US, at the risk of spreading the conflict to that settler nation as well. First Nations spokespeople have declared that "reconciliation is dead" in the face of the current and other RCMP offensives aimed at forcing pipelines through stout and determined Indigenous opposition. A Canadian "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" concerned themselves mostly with the horrific past of the boarding schools, not with current and ongoing continuing colonization.

Demands have been increased from cancelling the Coastal Gaslink and other pipelines to complete decolonization of the lands in question. Decolonization of the unceded Wet’suwet'en lands is simple: it means CANADA OUT. It means pipeline bosses can build their poisonous Black Snakes in Europe-or in Hell. It means that the RCMP and Canadian courts have no legal authority of any kind of unceded Wet’suwet'en land, instead being nothing but trespassing enemy soldiers, an army of occupation. Any question about the feasibility of removing them by force is a military question only, not a legal one under international law. Tribal leaders will decide for themselves what methods give the best chances of success, and it is up to their allies throughout Turtle Island to back them up. The current tactic of nonviolent resistance at the front combined with an economic blockade of settler Canada has a good chance of making the Coastal Gaslink pipeline too expensive to be worthwhile.

Feb 9th: protest at the Canadian Ambassador's DC home

Feb 9th: protest at the Canadian Ambassador's DC home

Feb 9th: protest at the Canadian Ambassador's DC home

Feb 10: protest at Canadian Embassy in drenching cold rain

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