GlobalNews: Indigenous rights protesters in Victoria vowing ‘B.C. government shutdown’ remain peaceful

By Simon Little Global News – Posted February 14, 2020 11:17 am – Updated February 15, 2020 12:43 am

Protesters supporting Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their dispute over the Coastal GasLink pipeline vowed a “B.C. government shutdown” on Friday.

But despite the aggressive language of a social media post organizing the event, Friday’s demonstration was more a peaceful picket than the solid blockade seen at the B.C. legislature on Tuesday.

Dozens of protesters, some bearing signs, others handing out pamphlets, stood outside the environment and advanced education ministries, along with ministry offices downtown and on Jutland Road.

“There’s a lot of fake news and a lot of lies, but I’m hoping we can come together, there’s a lot of support,” said Quinn Franks, one of the Indigenous youth at the picket lines.

“We love our country and we’re supporting the Indigenous people,” said Roxanne Derkson, one of the dozens of people who turned out in support of the action.

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