This morning 16.1.20. around 7:30am, about sixty people enraged by the invasion of Wet’suwet’en land by Coastal GasLink and the RCMP gathered in the east of Montreal. They blocked the intersection of Pie-IX Boulevard and Notre-Dame Street East in the middle of rush hour, in order to disrupt access to the Port of Montreal as well as downtown via Autoroute 720.
Banners were deployed reading “GTFO of Wet’suwet’en land” and “Solidarity with Indigenous Sovereignties”, and flyers explained the reasons for the action to motorists.
Leaving flaming barricades, the group marched westward on Notre-Dame, forming a roving blockade and building more barricades on its way.
The repressive anti-demonstration arsenal of the Montreal police fortunately did not show up, because the call to action was not spread using social media. A couple cop cars showed up toward the end.
Faced with a state seeking to destroy all relationships to the land that are not submitted to the economy, especially indigenous stewardship of indigenous land, disrupting the colonial economy is an appropriate and necessary response.
For the proliferation of offensives against the Canadian state, its economy, its social peace, and each facet of the colonial catastrophe!