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Criminal charges dropped against Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protesters in BC

Protestors who were arrested in B.C. in while blockading a section of the Coastal GasLink pipeline have had all criminal charges against them dropped.
Quinn Patrick Montreal, QC

Protestors who were arrested in northern BC in February while blockading a section of the Coastal GasLink pipeline that passed through Wet'suwet'en territory have had all criminal charges against them dropped, according to CBC.

During the demonstration, a total of 28 people were arrested however Crown Prosecutor Trevor Shaw said only 22 of the people arrested had files sent to Crown Council for criminal contempt consideration.

Arrests were made at four different locations along the Morice Forest Service Road, ending at the Unist'ot'en Healing Centre near the 66 kilometre mark of that road.

The arrests were made following a Coastal GasLink injunction that allowed RCMP to remove protestors who were impeding the roadway to prevent the company from completing their construction. The injunction was granted on December 31, 2019.

The injunction arrests lasted for a period of five days which resulted in solidarity protests and other blockades across the country.

No criminal charges will be laid against any of those who were arrested by RCMP ruled the BC Prosecution Service in an announcement on Friday.

Carrie Kaukinen, Coastal GasLink's lawyer, said that she would abide by the Crown's lead and not proceed with civil contempt proceedings.

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