Wet’suwet’en protest rally hits Portage and Main Thursday afternoon
Winnipeg’s iconic Portage and Main intersection was blocked Thursday afternoon by a protest in support of Indigenous pipeline resistance in British Columbia.
The Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Rally, Round Dance and Art Build took over Portage and Main at 4 p.m.
Winnipeg police blocked off access into the area and re-directed traffic as hundreds of protesters formed circles, chanted and waved banners in the intersection.
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The group broke up as darkness fell, after about 45 minutes. Traffic flow resumed through the intersection around 5 p.m.
The event is one of many solidarity rallies across Canada and beyond over the past week in opposition to the controversial construction of a natural gas pipeline over Indigenous lands.
Winnipeg police said officers and cadets will be on scene to ensure safety and orderly traffic flows.
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