VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY – On Monday morning (2nd Dec 2013), a coalition of activists set up a blockade at the port of Vancouver. The action was undertaken in solidarity with the HWY 11 Land Defenders of Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, in response to their call for an international day of action.
http://reclaimturtleisland.com/2013/11/29/emergency-day-of-action-solidarity-for-elsipogtog/ Check out more action reports here.
The HWY 11 Land Defenders have faced brutal police repression from the RCMP defending their traditional lands and waters from the destructive practice of fracking. SWN resources, the Texas-based company that wants to conduct seismic testing on Mi’kmaq land, is seeking to extend an injunction against the HWY 11 encampment, to be enforced with the aid of the RCMP. Time and time again we have seen the RCMP act violently to defend environmental
destruction at the command of corporations. Their actions violate the sovereignty of indigenous peoples, and re-affirm Canada as an unrelenting colonial state.
We condemn fracking, which has earned its shameful reputation poisoning water and boosting carbon emissions around the world. We decry the brutality of the RCMP response, and their ongoing collusion with corporate interests. We stand in solidarity with Land Defenders everywhere – from the Mi’kmaq in New Brunswick to the Unis’tot’en in British Columbia – who are fighting rampant and reckless resource extraction, which is the face of modern colonialism. We denounce the assertion that this destruction and the associated corruption, deceit, and violence are necessary. And today we shut down a key piece of the infrastructure of this ideological machine. #ShutDownCanada
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A loose coalition of:
Determined Defenders of the Land,
and Fracking Fighters