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.
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.
— M. Gouldhawke ∞ (@M_Gouldhawke) February 12, 2020
powerful action at broadway and cambie. one of the most moving moments was when we were all asked to take a minute of silence and hold hands. so many strangers holding hands. *sound on* #wetsuwetenstrong #standwithwetsuweten #shutdowncanada pic.twitter.com/dkZwtFxZF6
— sarah (@sarahshosha) February 12, 2020
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.
Latest from #TransLink on the 99 B-Line: delays of up to 120 minutes due to the blockade at Cambie & Broadway.
— Ken Chan (@iamkennethchan) February 12, 2020
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.
Fire lit, tents up, snacks circulating, spirits high.
Broadway and Cambie in #Vancouver is held in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en, and looks like it will be for a while.#WesuwetenStrong #WetsuwetenSolidarity #NoConsentNoPipeline #cdnpoli #bcpoli #yvr pic.twitter.com/D0vtb8vnj5
— Torrance Coste (@TorranceCoste) February 12, 2020