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‘Extinction Rebellion’ bridge occupation in Victoria

Patrick Schreck

December 6, 2018

Inspired by the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ bridge occupations last month in London, England, over 300 people heeded a call to occupy the main downtown bridge in Victoria, BC on Monday evening. Having first assembled nearby, those protesting were led by indigenous drummers and the Resistance Rising choir in a march to shutdown and occupy the Johnson Street bridge for 2 hours. Although the temperature was chilly, the atmosphere was warm and lively.

Occurring on the eve of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, speakers emphasized how we can no longer wait for our so-called leaders to dither in the face of catastrophic climate crisis we face. Rather the mood at the occupation was defiant and optimistic that there can and will be a growing grassroots movement to challenge and change the system.

The current resistance at the Unist'ot'en camp of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Clans in refusing the Coastal GasLink Pipeline from entering their lands was highlighted and celebrated. It was reported that Coastal GasLink is seeking an injunction and a significant solidarity donation was collected in support.

It was also encouraging to see some union flags carried by young union activists at this rather impromptu grassroots action. Hopefully we are witnessing the emergence of a broad, powerful movement united in social and labour movements.


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