Demonstrators continue to block intersection at Hastings Street and Clark Drive

Feb 25 2020, 10:49 am

UPDATE: Traffic is now open in both directions at Clark Drive and East Hastings. 


ORIGINAL STORY:
The intersection at Hastings Street and Clark Drive remains closed due to ongoing demonstrations in support of BC’s Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

The group has been at the intersection since Monday afternoon, and organizers say they won’t be leaving any time soon.

“We have been out here, occupying the Hastings/ Clark Intersection and blocking access to the Port of Vancouver for 18+ hours,” said the Wet’suwet’en Solidarity, Coast Salish Territories group on Twitter.

“Please share our FB event widely and come join us. We plan to be here for as long as we can.”

In a statement, Navajo and Yurok Organizer Natalie Night said they will “continue disrupting business as usual in this city until the demands of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been met.”

“A gentle reminder to people experiencing inconvenience recently: Indigenous peoples on these lands have experienced the violence of colonization for over 150 years,” she stated. 

On Monday afternoon, demonstrators blocked tracks in the Port Haney area, resulting in the cancellation of all West Coast Express (WCE) trains.

TransLink and RCMP confirmed that the individuals vacated the site around 6:45 pm on Monday evening and regular WCE service resumed on Tuesday morning.