For Immediate Release
Jennifer K. Falcon, 209-814-9670, email@example.com
Peaceful Indigenous Land Defenders Threatened With Violence
WASHINGTON - Watch this video of heavily militarized police invading #Wetsuweten territories. Right now dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land. Here’s more on the ground video that was captured. At least 100 police are part of the operation. Six arrests have been made so far, while two Wet’suwet’en home sites remain in the path of police violence, including the Unist’ot’en Healing Center founded in 2015. Watch this video of Freda Huson, Healing Center founder, giving an update 31 days after the eviction.
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January 5th, 2020 Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation evicted Coastal GasLink (CGL) from their territories. CGL does not have consent to construct their $6.6 billion fracked gas pipeline. CGL is trying to push through their project on unceded Indigenous territories. "Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink/TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands." The Royal Canadian Mountain Police are invading the land to clear it of Indigenous land defenders and their supporters so that CGL can continue work. Hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl (Liksamisu Clan) said, “wet'suwet'en will enforce the eviction of Coastal Gaslink with any means at their disposal.”
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