More than 1,000 thousand people marched through downtown Toronto streets on Monday to show support for Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their fight against a pipeline in northern B.C.
The protesters walked more than four kilometres from Christie Pits Park to Queen’s Park, carrying placards, singing, chanting slogans, and drumming.
They stopped at certain well-known intersections downtown to make sure their message was heard.
“When justice fails, block the rails, shut Canada down,” they chanted at Queen’s Park.
Const. Alex Li, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said the march was peaceful, no one was arrested and police were there to help with traffic control and the movement of the march.
“Shut down Canada” chant protestors who are rallying here at Queen’s Park against the pipeline and standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. “When justice fails,” they’re chanting now, “block the rails.” <a href=”https://t.co/DPoIhsVeOu”>pic.twitter.com/DPoIhsVeOu</a>
Toronto’s Wet’suwet’en march followed a demonstration on Monday in which protesters blocked access to a border crossing in eastern Ontario, closing Thousand Islands Bridge near the Ontario-New York border for two and a half hours.
Similar protests have been held right across Canada.
Other solidarity protests, including a rail blockade in Tyendinaga territory near Belleville, Ont., have shut down train service across vast swaths of the country.