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Entrances to B.C. legislature blocked as pipeline protests flare across Canada

BY , Feb 11, 2020 6:47 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:32 PM

Hundreds of protesters blocked the entrances to the British Columbia legislature today as demonstrations against a pipeline project continued to flare across the country.

Protesters hollered "Shame'' as politicians tried to enter the building with help from security and others chanted "Shut down Canada'' and "Stand up, fight back.''

Protesters have been camping outside the legislature since Friday.

Premier John Horgan's New Democrat government was set to deliver its throne speech later in the day but the traditional military salute and honour guard that typically greets the lieutenant governor's arrival has been cancelled because of the demonstration.

Demonstrations have sprung up across Canada since the RCMP began enforcing a court injunction last week against Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who have been blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northwestern B.C.

The RCMP concluded major operations to enforce the injunction on Monday after arresting a 21 people.

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