January 10, 2019 11:05 am
Updated: January 10, 2019 7:02 pm

Wet’suwet’en protest rally hits Portage and Main Thursday afternoon

WATCH: A large crowd of people showed up in downtown Winnipeg Thursday to support the ongoing Indigenous protest of a B.C. pipeline.

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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.

WATCH: Protest blocks traffic through downtown Winnipeg

The group broke up as darkness fell, after about 45 minutes. Traffic flow resumed through the intersection around 5 p.m.

READ MORE: Wet’suwet’en to open anti-pipeline checkpoint after negotiations with RCMP, say ‘this is not over’

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.

WATCH: Justin Trudeau on pipelines

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