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- Protesters have been demonstrating against old-growth logging in western Canada for months, camping out in the remote Fairy Creek watershed.
- The Guardian reported that the protests are the biggest act of civil disobedience in the country’s history.
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are enforcing the injunction granted to a logging company in April.
Canadian police have arrested more than 800 people since April in what The Guardian reported is now the biggest act of civil disobedience in the country’s history.
“We have experts in rigging, we have climbers, we have carpenters – we have all these people getting together to build amazing, beautiful things,” Jean-François Savard, one of several protesters camping out in the remote Fairy Creek watershed, told The Guardian. “The [police] are getting very frustrated by our tenacity because we’re constantly rebuilding and coming up with new ideas. People aren’t giving up.”
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The country’s Indigenous population has a long history of civil disobedience that often aligns with the concerns of environmentalists. Last year, protesters blocked rail lines across the country as the Wet’suwet’en Nation fought against a natural gas pipeline, reported The Canadian Press. But the arrest of at least 866 protesters has surpassed the previous record of arrests, reported The Guardian, set during the “War in the Woods,” another series of anti-logging protests that took place in the 1990s.
“More and more people understanding that all of those issues that drive policing, racial justice, Indigenous sovereignty, economic development are issues of climate justice, that they are threaded together,” Grace Nosek, a Vancouver-based climate activist and PhD student, told CBC News.
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