Dramatic arrest of Kinder Morgan protesters met with defiance and pride (VIDEOS)
"I am really proud of each and every one of the people who stood up.... Civil disobedience is the last straw in our political system, when we're facing unjust laws" - Dr. Lynne Quarmby
"Our crews will be respectfully relocating any items that are in the designated work area. It will be secured and handed over to RCMP."
Clarissa Antone and 'Blacktail Deer Woman' talk to media about the RCMP arrest of Kinder Morgan protesters on Burnaby Mountain on Thursday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
Over at “bore hole one” – where a large campsite and “sacred fire” has been situated for weeks – dozens of RCMP stood guard, only permitting two First Nations women, who eventually spoke to media.
“Each of us has a responsibility to take a stand so that the poisons don’t continue to reach the waters for future generations. This really impacts all people. We’re all connected by water. That water is sacred,” said Blacktail Deer Woman.
Squamish woman Clarissa Antone added:
“I will be arrested for this Earth – I will. I am not afraid to be arrested."
Within a few hours, Antone’s sister Sut-lut (a traditional name) was arrested, according to a Burnaby Mountain Caretakers press release. Yesterday, Sut-lut told the Vancouver Observer she was ready to arrested to defend against oil spill risks that endanger the seafood in the Burrard Inlet.
By Thursday afternoon, even more arrests, including David Suzuki’s grandson Tamo Campos, according to many witnesses. Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema tweeted a photo of him.
Likewise, an 18-year-old who pinned himself under a Kinder Morgan jeep in late October also got himself into difficulties with the law Thursday.
Jakub Markiewicz was pulled down from a tree by RCMP, and four officers lifted him and carried him to the bottom of the hill, said eyewitness Christie Spry.
VIdeo of protester Jakub Markiewicz arrested by RCMP on Burnaby Mountain on Thursday, by Christie Spry.
“He kept struggling. They had to stop every 15 feet or so. Eventually, they put him on a stretcher," she said.
Spry is an SFU instructor of environmental science.
“I was supposed to be teaching climate change today in class, but I couldn’t bring myself to just talk about climate change when action is needed on the mountain,” laughed Spry.
The protesters, who collectively call themselves the "Burnaby Mountain caretakers" have called for an ongoing presence at the mountain, as well at the RCMP detachment at 6355 Deer Lake Avenue where many of those arrested have been detained.
The City of Burnaby is also seeking to stop the pipeline, via provincial and federal court efforts.
In the meantime, Kinder Morgan resumed its survey work Thursday under the protection of RCMP officers. The crews plan to drill down some 200 metres, to detonate charges to better understand the geology for a proposed underground routing of its hoped for pipeline.
If built, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would pump 890,000 barrels of Alberta bitumen onto 400 super tankers in Burrard Inlet per year, bound for Pacific markets.
Union of BC Indian Chiefs slammed the RCMP's and company's actions.
“It is infuriating and beyond frustrating that we are faced with this provocative and heavy handed approach by the RCMP when at this time the City of Burnaby’s court proceedings have not even been completed," said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip in a statement.