Activists gathered outside David AB’s Vancouver office on Tuesday, calling on the BC Attorney General to drop the criminal charges against Wetswet’s land guards.
From September to November last year, RCMP officials in the north of the province arrested dozens of protesters, while enforcing a coastal gas connection ban, and charged 15 with contempt of court.
The BC Attorney’s Service said charges against 10 more people were still being considered.
Protesters on Tuesday, including several high school and university students, wrote “to protect land guards” on the chalk outside Eby’s Broadway office.
“We hope that we will put pressure on the so-called government of David AB and the government of Canada to stop criminalizing the land guards of this colony,” Faisal said.
“We know there is no climate justice without indigenous justice, which is why we are here to make sure we all fight.”
The protesters were accused of violating the BC Supreme Court injunction granted to Coastal Gasling in 2019, which barred the company from obstructing or interfering with pipe construction.
While Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s elected council has approved the plan, Wet’suwet’en’s hereditary leaders say the 670-kilometer pipeline violates their traditional laws.
According to prosecutors, whether the charges against the other 10 protesters will be upheld depends on whether they knew the terms of the restraining order.
With files from the Canadian Press