Pro-Palestinian protest shuts down Deltaport

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Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down Deltaport container terminal
Traffic is moving again at the Deltaport container terminal after being blocked for several hours Monday by a protest. It was part of a global day of action looking to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza. Emily Lazatin reports. – Apr 15, 2024

Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down access to the Deltaport shipping container terminal in Tsawwassen for several hours on Monday morning.

Demonstrators told Global News they want to draw attention to what they are calling Canada’s support of Israeli military operations in Gaza.

The gathering caused traffic backups of more than five kilometres at one point, and hampered drivers trying to get to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

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Gaza protests shut down B.C. container terminal for several hours

The group said they were there because of ZIM, an Israeli shipping company operating out of the port.

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“It is one of the main companies that has been coming into ports all along the west coast of both Canada and the U.S., arming the Israeli military,” Maryam Adrangi said.

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“Action is being taken against arms manufacturers, many companies, who are complicit in what is happening.”

She said the gathering is one of 50 around the world in support of a global day of action.

A Deltaport spokesperson provided a statement regarding the shutdown and protest.

“The illegal protestors blocked the access to GCT Deltaport severely impacting our operations this morning,” the spokesperson said.

“Illegal protestors actions caused an unsafe situation on the Roberts Bank causeway for the truckers that were being held there.

“We called on the law enforcement agencies to act quickly so we can return to safe and normal operations at Canada’s largest container terminal.”


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