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Inside a Rail Blockade for Wet’suwet’en Solidarity – VICE

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 202041 Views

How nationwide actions for Indigenous rights have changed protest culture.

Last Saturday about 200 people marched out of Toronto’s Pioneer Village subway station into the brisk winter air. Around 10:30 a.m. they reached McMillan Yard, Canada’s second-biggest rail yard, where a dozen or so Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizers had already started blockading the rail lines, passenger and freight, going out of Toronto to Hamilton, London, New York, and Michigan.

Those blocking the rail lines quickly made themselves comfortable: On the tracks, folks warmed themselves by a fire contained in a steel barrel, listened to land defenders drum and sing, danced, and shared pizza, tea, and Timbits. One person peeled off their second layer of warm socks to give to a fellow demonstrator whose feet were drenched from melting snow.

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