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RCMP arrested six people at dawn on January 6 at an encampment in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

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Amnesty International reports intimidation, harassment and disproportionate armed responses by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police against members of the First Wet'suwet'en Nation, in a report released Monday. (New window)

The events are linked to the struggle of hereditary chiefs and community members against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a conflict, which has lasted since 2019 and which has attracted 'international attention.

In its report, Aministie International denounces the human rights violations carried out for years by the RCMP and by the company TC Energy, Coastal GasLink construction company.

The report is based on the testimonies of several members of the community, including the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief, Na'moks.

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He recounts with emotion the significant events of recent years, notably raids and arrests on Wet'suwet'en territory.

They came through the doors of our homes with axes and mechanical saws. Snipers pointed guns at us, attack dogs came out, and our homes were destroyed and burned on our territory.

A quote from Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief Na'moks

Amnesty International concluded that the tactics used by the RCMP during the four operations Wet'suwet'en land defenders were not proportionate to the situation.

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Police officers remove a protester from a camp opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The actions taken against Wet'suwet'en land defenders and their supporters are part of the worrying and concerted efforts of the governments of Canada and British Columbia to remove obstacles to the construction of the [ Coastal GasLink] on ancestral, unceded lands, said Ana Piquer, Americas program director at Amnesty International, in a statement.

Chief Na'moks denounces in particular the role of the Intervention Group for Community and Industry Safety (GISCI). This division of the RCMP is specifically mandated during demonstrations or obstruction of natural resource exploitation projects in British Columbia.

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The RCMP announced that they arrested 14 people Thursday, November 18 while Wet'suwet'en protesters blocked a road.< /p>

The report documents brutal arrests including between February 2020 and November 2021. We are criminalized for protecting clean air, clean water, our food security and our future, and we have remained non-violent until #x27;at the end, declares Chief Na'moks.

The RCMP did not respond to requests for interviews from Radio-Canada within the required deadlines. TC Energy, for its part, refused these requests, stating by email that it had not had the opportunity to examine the evidence underlying Amnesty International's assertions.

With signed agreements from all 20 Indigenous communities [whose territory the pipeline passes through], Coastal GasLink was built on a fundamental commitment to respect and support Indigenous peoples, TC Energy says in writing.

In March, Radio-Canada observed a security guard refusing access to the Morice River to hereditary chief Na'moks, a contentious construction site, which the First Nation closely monitored so that environmental standards were respected.

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Hereditary chief Wet'suwet'en Na'moks (John Ridsdale) is at the site of one of the cabins built by opponents of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline has gone up in flames.

Construction of the gas pipeline is now complete, according to TC Égnergy, and yet the hereditary chief says he still has no access to certain locations in Wet'suwet'en territory.

We are always under surveillance, we insist on this fact. Surveillance has decreased, but that doesn't mean we can do what we want freely, like we could a few years ago, he says.

The release of this report coincides with the 27th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, a historic decision on the rights of indigenous peoples.

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