Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrators block Yonge and Dundas during evening commute

Protesters are seen blocking off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto Friday evening. Global News

A group of demonstrators blocked off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto during the evening commute on Friday.

The demonstration was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, many of whose members oppose the building of the Coastal GasLink liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline in northern British Columbia, which would pass through the nation’s unceded territory.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., Toronto police tweeted the protesters had blocked off the intersection and road closures were subsequently put in place.

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Approximately 45 minutes later, the protesters cleared the area and traffic was flowing through.

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The protest began at Trinity Square Park near the Eaton Centre before it moved to Yonge and Dundas.

Protests in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation have been held across the country recently, including a rail blockade near Belleville, Ont. which has held up rail traffic for over a week.

The protests have resulted in Via Rail cancelling most trips across the country, while CN announced a suspension of rail traffic on its Eastern Canada network.

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