RCMP, a group that attacked security guards armed with an ax at a coastal gas link site in British Columbia, says

Houston, British Columbia — Cavalry in northern British Columbia investigate what they say is a violent conflict between a group of about 20 people and Coastal GasLink employees at a natural gas pipeline worksite. doing.

The RCMP said in a news release earlier Thursday that it was called to the area after a group of allegedly armed axes attacked guards and broke car windows.

Police say they were stopped by fallen trees, tar-covered stumps, spiked boards protruding from them, and a fire along the Forest Department’s road when they tried to reach their workplace.

When police tried to pass through the debris, police said several people threw “smoke grenades” and fiery sticks, injuring one.

When police arrived at the scene, they said they had found “serious damage” to heavy equipment, other equipment, and portable buildings.

British Columbia Minister of Public Security Mike Fernworth issued a statement condemning violence, stating that “terrible criminal activity” could lead to serious injuries and loss of life.

“Police reports that the workers’ camp was attacked at midnight by an unknown ax-wielding perpetrator,” he said.

“There is no excuse for such violence or intimidation. All workers deserve protection from harassment and harm.”

Coastal GasLink called for violence in a news release, stating that some of the attackers tried to light the vehicle while the workers were inside, but no one was injured.

According to the company, a conflict took place last year at the same place where the blockade protesting the construction of the pipeline took place for about two months.

RCMP Chief Support. Warren Brown said in his statement that the escalation of violence was “very annoying.”

“This was a calculated and organized violent attack that shook victims and left millions of dollars of destruction,” said Brown, commander of the North District.

“We respect the right of everyone to protest peacefully in Canada, but we cannot tolerate this kind of extreme violence or intimidation.”

The pipeline was at the center of several protests and arrests as Coastal GasLink obtained an injunction against the blockade and Wet’suwet’en’s genetic chief issued an eviction notice to the company.

In 2020, hereditary chief opposition across Canada triggered rallying and railroad blockades, and the elected council of Wet’suwet’en First Nation and others in the neighborhood agreed to the project.

Construction of the 670-kilometer pipeline will begin in 2019 and is expected to be completed next year.

Canadian press


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