CBC: Victoria protesters remain peaceful after pledging to shut down B.C. government offices

Activists supporting Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs chanted and waved signs outside government buildings

CBC News · Posted: Feb 14, 2020 6:33 AM PT | Last Updated: February 14

Wet’suwet’en supporter Sara Santana protests outside a B.C. government building on Friday. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

Protesters rallied peacefully outside a number of government buildings in Victoria on Friday as an injunction barring people from blocking access, roadways and doors to the B.C. Legislature came into effect.

Supporters of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their traditional territory in northern B.C. had pledged to disrupt government operations across the provincial capital. 

Gatherings witnessed by CBC reporters at about a dozen separate locations were low key, with protesters holding signs and banners while chanting, singing and waving at passing cars. 

An estimated 30 sites were targeted by the protest groups, which ranged in size from 20 to 100 people.

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