The violent arrest of a BC indigenous protester by numerous RCMP officers on Sunday is going viral.
Denzel Sutherland-Wilson was arrested near New Hazelton, BC, where scores of RCMP officers are trying to storm a barricade put up by Wet’suet’en supporters near a camp for workers constructing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
“I can’t breath,”
Sutherland-Wilson repeatedly tells officers.
“You’re not even allowed to be here,” another protester tells officers as she films the arrest along a set of railway tracks.
“Get off him, get off him,” a woman screams hysterically as four RCMP officers try and take him into custody.
Another protester tries to intervene but they are quickly taken to the ground by other officers.
When asked to roll over on his back,
Sutherland-Wilson responded. “No! This is our land.”
Details on what
Sutherland-Wilson did or possible charges he faces haven’t been made public yet.
The pipeline has the support of all First Nations along the route, but hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation, through which 28% of the 670-km route passes, oppose it.
The $6.6 billion pipeline, to be operated by TC Energy Corp, would transport gas from near Dawson Creek in northeast BC to Kitimat on the coast and supply Canada’s largest liquefied natural gas export terminal, called LNG Canada, which is under construction.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard