Wet’suwet’en demonstrations currently blocking traffic along Hastings

Feb 18 2020, 3:08 pm

UPDATE: As of 4:41 pm, VPD says Hasting Street is open in both directions. 


ORIGINAL STORY:

Drivers should expect delays along Hastings Street due to demonstrations currently taking place in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en.

According to VPD, westbound traffic on East Hastings Street and Clark Drive is being impacted by the demonstrations. Drivers should use an alternate route.

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.

Earlier today, protesters who appeared to be affiliated with the group Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island set up a blockade outside BC Premier John Horgan’s home on Tuesday morning ahead of the BC Budget being unveiled.

The morning protest comes after BC Ferries was granted an injunction banning protesters from blocking access to all of its terminal facilities after receiving information Wet’suwet’en protesters were planning to stage a blockade at Swartz Bay ferry terminal over the busy Family Day long weekend.

Solidarity protests held in Metro Vancouver in recent days blocked major arterial roads, bridges, and railways, severely disrupting road traffic, public transit services, and freight traffic.

With files from Eric Zimmer.