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Conflict in Canada

02/12/2020 10:53 am ET Molly Taft
Conflict in Canada

Source / Wikimedia

Canadian police arrested more than 40 protesters on Monday as they attempted to break up a days-long blockade of rail tracks that has impacted thousands of passengers and shut down operations of major ports.

Tensions over the construction of the $6.6-billion TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline have led to an increase in arrests at the pipeline construction site.

Police arrested Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chief Freda Huson, one of the leaders of the years-long fight by the Wet’suwet’en against the pipeline, which the tribe says is being illegally built on their territory.

The protests and arrests bring up longstanding questions over indigenous land rights in the region, and Canadians across the country have shown support for the protesters, as #shutdowncanada became one of the top trending social media hashtags in Canada this week.

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