PROTECTORS HANDED JAIL SENTENCE IN ONGOING KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE DEMONSTRATIONS
Seven people taken into custody for seven day jail sentence
CPPNews - August 2018,
Seven Water Protectors were led away from the BC Supreme Court in
handcuffs after receiving a 7-day jail sentence for demonstrating
against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.
Swanson (age 75), Susan Lambert (68), Charlotte Gyoba (74), Hisao
Ichikawa (77), Heather Martin-McNab (57), Kathleen Flaherty (66),
and Adrian Long (30) were arrested on June 30 while blocking the
construction site at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm.
are the crown and the courts so scared of us “sinister seniors,” that
they have to throw us in jail? Because they know that if we take a
stand against injustice, we can win,” said Order of Canada recipient
Jean Swanson in her statement to court.
“This pipeline is the
last gasp of the dying fossil fuel industry. Kinder Morgan decided it
couldn’t go on, and if we keep protesting, the Trudeau government will
have give up too,” continued Swanson. “Every single person who takes a
stand against the pipeline is pointing toward a more just future. If
going to jail can be part of that resistance, so be it.”
sentencing brought the number of Protectors sentenced to jail time in
the past several weeks to 12 people. Following that, more people –
including three youth and one 85-year-old Victoria resident – were
arrested at Kinder Morgan’s marine tanker terminal on Slilwat (Burrard
Inlet)and again at the gates to the plant.
“One of the
institutions of a civil society is the justice system. I respect the
rule of law,” said former BC Teachers’ Federation President Susan
Lambert. “But I also know that throughout history, laws have been used
to bolster the rights of some and injure others.”
“The rule of
law is not necessarily just or even lawful,” continued Lambert. “So I
sat in a chair on a rainy Saturday blocking the Kinder Morgan gate.
Having breached the injunction which protects the pipeline expansion,
over my concern for a healthy planet, I am here today ready to face the
consequences of my actions.”
Crown prosecutors have argued to
extend jail sentences for Protectors in an effort to deter further
demonstrations against the Trudeau government’s pipeline and tanker
project. Protectors are calling for a week of action starting August 20
in response to construction on the tar sands pipeline.
the dismantling of the Gate encampment, the Watch House will remain on
Burnaby Mountain beside the Kinder Morgan pipeline construction site.
Indigenous-led Watch House will continue to be a base for Water
Protectors and remains on Burnaby Mountain, and Protectors will
continue to organize opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and
tanker project from the site.
The Watch House was not named in an injunction used to dismantle the nearby Camp Cloud.
police tactics are clearly an effort to intimidate people from
demonstrating against the pipeline,” said Stand.earth Director Tzeporah
Berman, who witnessed arrests taking place outside the Kinder Morgan
tank farm this morning. “We will not be intimidated. Blockades resume
Protect The Inlet is preparing for blockades to
resume on August 20, when the federal government claims pipeline
construction will expand. Coast Salish leaders are calling on all
those interested in standing up to defend the water, land, and
climate from Justin Trudeau’s pipeline to join Protectors at the Watch
Statement from the Watch House – Kwekwecnewtxw Protect the Inlet Project:
has a right to express themselves and we intend to continue to express
ourselves in a peaceful and respectful manner and work in solidarity
with all like minded allies who want to bring an end to this
destructive pipeline,” said Squamish Elder Robert Nahanee, “We love the
support we are getting and are honoured to work with all who share our
common goal to stop the Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
that the government has chosen to purchase the pipeline this is a very
critical moment. Essentially Canadians are the new owners of this dirty
pipeline,” said Watch House Guardian Will George. “There may be one
camp coming down however this movement will continue to grow. The Tiny
House Warriors just launched three camps along the pipeline route. I
encourage you as stakeholders to come show your support and offer your
skill set to this movement. Bring your cousins.”
The Watch House is located at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field.