Protesters demonstrating against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion plan to occupy Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge starting on Monday afternoon.
Extinction Rebellion says that they “occupy the bridge for as long as possible.” The demonstration will start at Devonian Park at 12 pm; protesters will then march onto Lions Gate Bridge.
The point of the protest, according to Extinction Rebellion, is to call for an “end to fossil fuel exports through the Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea.”
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“The pipeline and all of Canada’s coal and oil exports make it so obvious that we’re still being lied to about reconciliation and climate leadership,” Brent Eichler, Unifor local 950 president, says in a statement.
“Occupying this bridge is an act of desperation because I’m grieving for this world.”
Monday marks the third day of the group’s “Spring Rebellion” — a five-day campaign calling for disruptive action in downtown Vancouver.
Five people were arrested on Sunday afternoon following the Extinction Rebellion’s protest, during which 150 people occupied the intersection of Granville and Georgia Streets, causing “major” traffic disruptions.