The following was sent this evening from the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade. Even though a week of talks aimed at de-escalating the tensions between the Wet’suwet’en people and the government/Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), police are mobilizing to the area. I’m sharing this because of the media blackout of the Wet’suwet’en.
While a week of talks have been declared between Hereditary Chiefs and the the Province where the RCMP has stated they will “stand down”, local community halls have been filled with officers in the same way they did last year before the raid that took place on January 9th.
This development is deeply concerning and comes at the same time that RCMP are stepping up their harassment of the camps at 27 and 39, despite having formal complaints filed against them on Friday.
Helicopter and airplane surveillance from the RCMP and private security has also intensified while local companies have refused to fly for the Wet’suwet’en after being warned by the RCMP.
The fact that the Province is mobilizing militarized police while opening “De-escalation talks” is a clear intimidation tactic and speaks to their integrity. Please continue to let Horgan and your MPs know how you feel about their decisions.
BE READY TO MOBILIZE
Given that there are hundreds of downed trees between the camps at 39 and 44 it is very unlikely the RCMP have the capacity to raid multiple camps in one day. The response to an initial attempt at moving on the camps is crucial.
The government must know that carrying out a raid on the Wet’suwet’en will have serious consequences. Consider establishing a meet up point in your city for people to convene on in the event the RCMP attempt to remove Wet’suwet’en from their territory.
Victoria: If RCMP move in on camps mobilize to Centennial square the following day at 8 AM
Vancouver: Meet at the offices of VANDU 380 E Hastings at 9 AM the day following an attempted raid if it occurs at night, or at 5 PM if one occurs during the day
CALL THE BUSINESSES ENABLING THE RCMP
RCMP are being housed and fed by local community halls and a catering company in Telkwa and Houston. Call in to these companies today and tomorrow to express yourself to the community halls and catering company.
Telkwa Hall: (250) 846 5212
Houston Hall: (250) 845 2238