Demonstrators continue to shut down Broadway and Cambie late into Tuesday night

Feb 11 2020, 8:52 pm

Demonstrators that shut down the intersection of Cambie and Broadway in Vancouver Tuesday afternoon, are continuing their occupation late into the evening.

The demonstration is the latest in a series of actions across the country supporting Wet’suwet’en land defenders as the RCMP removes them from a pipeline construction route in northern BC.

The intersection has been blocked in all directions since around 2 pm this afternoon.

VPD has advised drivers to avoid the area, as vehicles and buses are not able to get through while Wet’suwet’en supporters line all four sides of the intersection.

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The occupation caused major delays for vehicles and transit, with bus detours in the area in the afternoon seeing delays of more than 70 minutes.

As the occupation progresses into the evening, the number of demonstrators has only increased.

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As of 7:30 pm, delays of up to 1.5 hours were expected for the 99 B-Line bus from UBC due to the blockade.

Premier John Horgan issued a statement on the demonstrations around BC and the country Tuesday afternoon after protestors also blocked all entrances to BC legislature.

Horgan said people “have the right to peaceful protest. We support people in the exercise of their democratic rights – within the law.”

That being said, Horgan furthered that he also understands “the frustration of people who have been unable to go to work today, who have been unable to enter government buildings or have been unable to get around in their communities.”

As of 8:30 pm, tents have been set up in the intersection, a fire has been lit and supplies are on hand.